'Because of the irremediable breach committed by the Kochi franchise, the BCCI has decided to encash the bank guarantee in their possession and also terminate the franchise,' new BCCI president N Srinivasan told reporters after the AGM.
Asked if the BCCI would reconsider its decision and give the franchise a chance to return, Srinivasan bluntly rejected such a suggestion.
'No, we have terminated the franchise because the breach is not capable of being remedied,' he clarified.
The consortium, which was mired in a bitter ownership dispute since its very inception, defaulted on a Rs 156 crore annual payment it was to make as bank guarantee despite reported reminders from the IPL authorities.
Kochi Tuskers are in no mood to take the BCCI's decision lying down and made it clear that they would seek legal recourse.
'The BCCI notice is wrong, (it was) prima facie. We will take legal action against them after our legal team reviews the case in a day or two. Maybe we have to move court,' Kochi Tusker chairman Mukesh Patel told PTI.
'We have never defaulted. The BCCI will be paying us Rs 12-15 crore next month as a part of our central revenue,' Patel added.