Mumbai:The judge hearing the arbitration case between Rajasthan Royals and the BCCI has issued a six-week stay on the franchise's expulsion from the IPL, effectively allowing it to continue to function as a part of the league for that period of time, ESPNcricinfo has learnt. The six-week duration also means the team could take part in the players' auction, which is scheduled for January 8 and 9 next year.
While the stay order is in place, the BCCI is also prevented from doing anything that might prejudice Rajasthan, for example changing any of the league's rules. "There will be no interference with them (Rajasthan) exercising rights under the franchise agreement," said Justice BN Srikrishna, the designated arbitrator. "They will be allowed to participate in the auction."