Dhoni, Ashwin, Raina, Jadeja, Bravo, Dwayne Smith, McCullum… the superstar squadron of Chennai Super Kings; Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Brad Hodge, Unmukt Chand, Amit Mishra, Kevin Cooper… and several others are part of Rajasthan Royals.
The Chennai Super Kings had spent almost all of its 60 crore fund for buying players for this season. The Rajasthan Royals remained with 5.5 fund crores after the auctions. The players retained, the team mentors, coaches, physio team, ad rights, branding rights… the budget of each team runs into two hundred crores or more just this season.
What will happen to all this spending? Can the IPL 7 be conducted with just six teams, if these two teams are removed from the tourney? Or, is there a possibility of bringing in two guest teams? Even if some plan like that can be concocted fast enough, does the IPL rule charter allow for this?