The governing council of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet on 19 July to decide on the future of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The two franchises were suspended for two years from the Indian Premier League (IPL) by the Lodha Committee on Tuesday. As a result, the players and coaching staff are unsure about their future in the franchises.
Stephen Fleming, who has been associated with the Chennai-based franchise ever since IPL's inception since 2008, said that he is in a limbo just like the players.
"The franchise message was, they were prepared for a punishment, but they are little surprised by the severity. I don't know how the franchise will respond and what options they will have to respond with."
"I'm still contracted but it is a case of wait and see. There is so much to happen over the next few days, weeks, maybe even months. If the franchise waits out two years, does it include me or not. I don't know. Just like the players, I am in limbo," Fleming told Stuff.com.
Fleming expressed his disappointment over the issue and said it was a kind of shock for the entire team and the coaching staff. However, he added that he was looked after by the franchise very nicely.
"We have worked bloody hard with that team," he said. "From the auction, to shaping a team with Steve Rixon and Andy Bichel, we have put a lot of time into making sure this franchise is successful, so to be on the backburner for two years or to see it go completely is disappointing. We are disappointed to find ourselves in this position through no fault of our own."