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    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to issue a fresh tender for a Kochi team, as the current franchisee has written to the board expressing its intention to withdraw from the Indian Premier League [ Images ] (IPL).

    However, BCCI did not specify whether Kochi has pulled out. BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla confirmed that the board has received "certain letters" from the consortium's stakeholders and a final decision on the troubled team would be taken on November 28.

    "I can only say the BCCI president has received certain letters from the Kochi stakeholders. A governing council meeting is scheduled to be convened on Sunday, where the matter will be discussed. Subsequently, whatever steps are to be taken will be taken," he said.

    Indications of Kochi pulling out emerged through former Union minister Shashi Tharoor's tweets: "Delighted about Somdev DevVarman's second gold. Makes up for disappointing news, Kerala IPL team's apparent collapse after raising hopes yesterday."

    Tharoor had to quit his ministerial post because of his involvement with the Kochi team.

    With the Kochi franchisee's exit, there will only be seven teams in the reckoning for IPL next year. This could seriously discourage advertisers, who have committed Rs 600-700 crore for the upcoming IPL, as well as upset the tournament schedule.

    Two teams -- Rajasthan Royalsand Kings XI Punjab -- have already been expelled from the IPL due to a lack of transparency in their ownership structure. However, in March, BCCI auctioned two more teams, in which Sahara (for Pune) and Rendezvous Sports (for Kochi) won.
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