Hampshire Issue Statement As Royals Lose IPL Place

Hampshire have issued a statement in the wake of the decision taken by the Indian board (BCCI) to eject the Rajasthan Royals, out of the Indian Premier League.

The Royals, captained by former Hampshire skipper Shane Warne, have, along with the Kings XI Punjab, had their contracts terminated by the league.

Hampshire were due to enter into a commercial partnership with the Royals to create a global franchise, changing their Twenty20 nickname to the Royals accordingly.

"Hampshire Cricket would like to make it clear that the club is aware of the matter and in communication with the Rajasthan Royals,2 the statement read.

"The club has not yet signed final documentation in relation to the proposed commercial partnership with the Rajasthan Royals and is monitoring developments closely. There have been significant investigations since we made the announcement of our intentions eight months ago. We retain an open mind and our own due diligence has, to date, been satisfactory. Hampshire Cricket still hopes that the matter will be resolved in a satisfactory manner in order that the commercial partnership may proceed.

"However, Hampshire Cricket will ensure, before signing any final documentation with the Rajasthan Royals, that the club emerges from the deal with a clean sheet."

The Rajasthan Royals were the inaugural IPL champions in 2008 while the Hampshire Royals won the 2010 Friends Provident t20 at The Rose Bowl.

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