Venky Mysore: 'With CSK and RR back, it’s business as usual'

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO and MD Venky Mysore said that it is fantastic to see Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) back in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Venky Mysore and Dinesh Karthik in Mumbai on Sunday.   -  Special Arrangement

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO and MD Venky Mysore said that it is fantastic to see Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) back in the Indian Premier League (IPL). CSK and RR were suspended from the league for two years (2016 and 2017) by a Supreme Court order after being found guilty of malpractices

When asked if other teams would look at CSK and RR as tainted teams, Mysore said: “It’s fantastic to see both the teams coming back. They have been brilliant franchises and the way they have built their respective legacies. Everybody has welcomed them back. What has happened is beyond anybody’s control and it has gone through the full process it had to. They are back and it’s business as usual as we see it.’’

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The eight IPL teams would not pay participation money to the BCCI from this season and further good news is that they would receive upwards of Rs. 200 crore each from the central pool revenue. “From a business standpoint, it’s fantastic; this league is entering a new phase. It’s a real strong testimonial to how the brand IPL has grown. I think all the franchises have to take credit because, each of us have done our own thing. So the brand is going to another level. The monetisation and other things will go forward,’’ said Mysore.

Responding to a question if Sourav Ganguly (he led KKR in 27 matches from 2008 to 2010) has left a big vacuum and that is preventing the Kokata franchise from finding a home town player to lead the team, Mysore explained: “It’s not necessarily the case. The dynamics of the IPL comes into play. The KKR has its catchment areas and maybe someone will emerge in the next few years and who could be groomed for captaincy.’’