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10-26-2010, 01:16 AM #1
Gavaskar batting for Kochi IPL franchise: GaikwadsFinally, it's out in the open. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is the 'big player' who had helped the Kochi franchise pulls off a stunning coup in the controversial Indian Premier League auction.
Rendezvous Sports World Pvt Ltd (RSWPL), which got a bunch of disparate investors together and masterminded the entire exercise, confirmed this to TOI on Monday.
The Gaikwad family, which owns RSWPL and commands 25% free equity and 1% paid equity in the team, said: "We have Gavaskar's support and full backing. It was under his guidance that we had decided to get into this."
RSWPL chairman Shailendra Gaikwad's father, Kisan Gaikwad, said Gavaskar would look after the team's cricketing operations. It is also learnt that the player will get a stake in the franchise.
TOI, it may be recalled, had revealed how a couple of very 'big players' - including a current star - had either already worked with the franchise or had promised to do so eventually....being a human...