New Delhi:The Rajasthan Royals camp is stunned by BCCI's decision of terminating their contract along with Kings XI Punjab in an emergency meeting of the IPL Governing Council in Mumbai on Sunday.
Termination of contract means the two teams will be barred from participating in the IPL 4 next year.
Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty wrote on her Twitter account: "Honestly too shocked to react, just disheartened..cause it's more than just a team 4 us."
Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya openly slammed BCCI's decision. "This is down right ridiculous and raises serious questions on the attitude of the BCCI towards IPL franchisees," Mallya wrote on Shetty's twitter page.
"I wonder if IPL franchisees are serious stakeholders whose investments and participation are respected or are they slaves who only come and play?" Mallya tweeted.
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, who led Rajasthan to title win in the first IPL season as their coach and captain, tweeted, "3 seasons ago Royals won the first ever IPL, underdogs come good what a story, it helped give credibility to the competition!!! Now look.."
"It's a big shock for Rajasthan Royals, will hopefully get to the bottom of it all... Be a shame for the fans. Thanks for loyal support Royals fans, a big shock to you -- as it is to all of us to, let's keep fingers crossed common sense prevails," Warne wrote.
The legendary spinner is also concerned about the future of the unknown domestic cricketers who got a lot of exposure due to IPL and slammed the BCCI for its decision.
"The Royals gave young unknown Indian players a chance and I as captain backed them, and our coaching staff supported them we were a team. What now for the youngsters, I hope BCCI come to there senses, fingers crossed!"
Raj Kundra, part owner of the Rajasthan Royals team, said he was shocked to hear about the termination. He also added that there were heavy investments riding on the franchise, and they would take up this battle legally.