Corruption in the IPL September 30, 2013

Gurunath 'ran the team', says Hussey

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings' opener, has become the first player to suggest Gurunath Meiyappan was more than just a "cricket enthusiast" after N Srinivasan and India Cements have distanced themselves and Super Kings from Gurunath, who has been chargesheeted in the IPL betting scandal. In his book, Underneath The Southern Cross, Hussey has commented that Srinivasan ceded control of the team to his son-in-law.

"Our owner was Indian Cements, headed by Mr Srinivasan," Hussey has written. "As he was also on the board of the BCCI, he gave control of the team to his son-in-law Mr Gurunath. He ran the team along with Kepler Wessels, who was coach."

This comes at a time when the Supreme Court of India is hearing a matter related to the Gurunath betting allegations. Before Mumbai Police first sought to arrest him, Gurunath was often seen in the team dugout, at the auction table to represent Super Kings, represented himself as the team prinicipal on a verified Twitter account, and his IPL accreditation represented him as an owner.

Super Kings is owned by India Cements, a listed company of which Srinivasan is vice-chairman and managing director. The BCCI president has maintained that Gurunath had nothing to do with the team, and was just a "cricket enthusiast" who was allowed to travel with them.

A two-member probe panel constituted by the BCCI then cleared the Super Kings of any wrongdoing, but Cricket Association of Bihar moved court and procured a stay order against the findings of the panel, the fairness of whose constitution was questioned by the court. The matter is now being looked into by the highest court in India. The next hearing is scheduled on October 7.

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  • LordBile on October 2, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Yawn, Mr Cricket strikes again and more dodgy dealing in the IPL which is fast becoming a joke in international circles....I'm just glad we have an Ashes series to look forward to

  • IndCricFan2013 on October 1, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    There is nothing new in this. Every one knows. Why blame Hussey for saying it? Is this what Media has been saying for last 6 months, that every one knows.

  • Smithie on October 1, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    @ Nutcutlet - incisive observations backed up by a review on Youtube of the IPL Auction 2013 where CSK placed successful bids for Chris Morris and Dirk Nannes with the magic wand and the bids being made by none other than that " interested enthusiast" ( Mr Srinivasan's words not mine ) Gurunath Meiyappan. The claim that "I have done nothing wrong" is dubious since the responsibility stops at the top with Srini allowing it to happen in his franchise and doubly for his BCCI allowing the circumstances to bring IPL and Indian cricket into disrepute globally. Weasel words cannot brush over who is responsible for the mess. With luck the wise good judgement of the Supreme Court will enforce corrective action.

  • Nutcutlet on October 1, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    It's quite obvious that Michael Hussey, who has always been his own man, never bought in to the culture in which he found himself at CSK. Not being an Indian national & therefore not having to compromise any loyalty to the powers-that-be in Indian cricket has given him not just the right, but the obligation to speak out on behalf of those who were silenced by their domicile, but they would have known what he knows, nonetheless. How could they not? He is a man of complete integrity & his word cannot be doubted. As @ Nampally on (September 30, 2013, 21:24 GMT) has succinctly put it, this is a case of the emperor's new clothes. There is little enough transparency in this whole nest of nefarious goings-on! Whether the situation that was true in 2008 also relates to 2013 is, perhaps, another question, but has anyone said that the situation changed, or merely got worse?

  • mjrvasu on October 1, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Goodbye Mr. Cricket. End of IPL or any other contract for you from India.

  • satzzz on October 1, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    "As he was also on the board of the BCCI, he gave control of the team to his son-in-law Mr Gurunath. He ran the team along with Kepler Wessels, who was coach."

    These were exactly the words of Huss. Kepler Wessels was CSK's coach only for 2008 season. Muralitharan, Haydos, Brand ambassadors (tamil actors)Vijay and Nayanthara were all part of CSK then. Things got changed so much. This betting issue didn't occur when Wessels was CSK's coach. It has just got into the frame when Fleming is CSK's coach.

    Come on folks. Stop cribbing about BCCI, IPL, Srinivasan, CSK, MI(5 big topics of Indian Cricket for rest of the world to bash). First of all let the panel prove that he is guilty and lets wait for court's verdict.

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 1, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Hopefully this will mean Hussey won't be picked by CSK anymore. Their loss would be other teams' gain. Who's got the money boys?

  • on October 1, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    It's not a question of Srini being responsible -thats MORAL responsibility we are talking about, obviously not applicable to Srinivasan. But the relevant question here is that how are Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals continuing to play, when their Owners/ Principal have been found to be betting, if not fixing. As per IPL rules laid down, they should have been barred from playing even the IPL final, leave alone the CLT-20.

  • Rahul_78 on October 1, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Ohh Ooo! The Big IPL Auctions are coming. Who is going to dare take Hussey after this? Hope his book sales match his auction prize. Jokes aside if Hussey has mentioned this fully knowing the repercussions then he is a honest and brave, brave man.

  • ladycricfan on October 1, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Where is the proof that meiyappan did any betting. All the transcripts of meiyappans conversation with his friend only shows that meiyappan was predicting few matches like we all do. Not once he mentioned the words betting or money. May be police have some other evidence the media did not have access to.

  • LordBile on October 2, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Yawn, Mr Cricket strikes again and more dodgy dealing in the IPL which is fast becoming a joke in international circles....I'm just glad we have an Ashes series to look forward to

  • IndCricFan2013 on October 1, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    There is nothing new in this. Every one knows. Why blame Hussey for saying it? Is this what Media has been saying for last 6 months, that every one knows.

  • Smithie on October 1, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    @ Nutcutlet - incisive observations backed up by a review on Youtube of the IPL Auction 2013 where CSK placed successful bids for Chris Morris and Dirk Nannes with the magic wand and the bids being made by none other than that " interested enthusiast" ( Mr Srinivasan's words not mine ) Gurunath Meiyappan. The claim that "I have done nothing wrong" is dubious since the responsibility stops at the top with Srini allowing it to happen in his franchise and doubly for his BCCI allowing the circumstances to bring IPL and Indian cricket into disrepute globally. Weasel words cannot brush over who is responsible for the mess. With luck the wise good judgement of the Supreme Court will enforce corrective action.

  • Nutcutlet on October 1, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    It's quite obvious that Michael Hussey, who has always been his own man, never bought in to the culture in which he found himself at CSK. Not being an Indian national & therefore not having to compromise any loyalty to the powers-that-be in Indian cricket has given him not just the right, but the obligation to speak out on behalf of those who were silenced by their domicile, but they would have known what he knows, nonetheless. How could they not? He is a man of complete integrity & his word cannot be doubted. As @ Nampally on (September 30, 2013, 21:24 GMT) has succinctly put it, this is a case of the emperor's new clothes. There is little enough transparency in this whole nest of nefarious goings-on! Whether the situation that was true in 2008 also relates to 2013 is, perhaps, another question, but has anyone said that the situation changed, or merely got worse?

  • mjrvasu on October 1, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Goodbye Mr. Cricket. End of IPL or any other contract for you from India.

  • satzzz on October 1, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    "As he was also on the board of the BCCI, he gave control of the team to his son-in-law Mr Gurunath. He ran the team along with Kepler Wessels, who was coach."

    These were exactly the words of Huss. Kepler Wessels was CSK's coach only for 2008 season. Muralitharan, Haydos, Brand ambassadors (tamil actors)Vijay and Nayanthara were all part of CSK then. Things got changed so much. This betting issue didn't occur when Wessels was CSK's coach. It has just got into the frame when Fleming is CSK's coach.

    Come on folks. Stop cribbing about BCCI, IPL, Srinivasan, CSK, MI(5 big topics of Indian Cricket for rest of the world to bash). First of all let the panel prove that he is guilty and lets wait for court's verdict.

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 1, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Hopefully this will mean Hussey won't be picked by CSK anymore. Their loss would be other teams' gain. Who's got the money boys?

  • on October 1, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    It's not a question of Srini being responsible -thats MORAL responsibility we are talking about, obviously not applicable to Srinivasan. But the relevant question here is that how are Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals continuing to play, when their Owners/ Principal have been found to be betting, if not fixing. As per IPL rules laid down, they should have been barred from playing even the IPL final, leave alone the CLT-20.

  • Rahul_78 on October 1, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Ohh Ooo! The Big IPL Auctions are coming. Who is going to dare take Hussey after this? Hope his book sales match his auction prize. Jokes aside if Hussey has mentioned this fully knowing the repercussions then he is a honest and brave, brave man.

  • ladycricfan on October 1, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Where is the proof that meiyappan did any betting. All the transcripts of meiyappans conversation with his friend only shows that meiyappan was predicting few matches like we all do. Not once he mentioned the words betting or money. May be police have some other evidence the media did not have access to.

  • ladycricfan on October 1, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Listen to judges words. They are not accusing Srinivasan of anything. They are finding out how his presidency might affect a fair probe into meiyappans case. Until then they agree srinivasan should function as a president but should keep away from affairs connected to IPL. Hussey says meiyappan and vessels together ran CSK.(vessels was CSKs coach in 2008).That does not make meiyappan or vessels for that matter owner of CSK. They can't terminate CSK for whatever meiyappan may or may not have done.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 1, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Ok, we all know that Gurunath ran the team. So, Srinivasan is absolved from the charge of running the team. Let Gurunath be charged for all the wrongs, but let not the others be tarred by virtue of mere association be they the captain, the players, the support staff and coaches or be it Srinivasan. Expecting Srinivasan to resign is like expecting Sonia, Rahul and Manmohan to resign for all the scams that have happened under the Congress regime. Fair point?

  • Sekhar_S on October 1, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Who are the 'Srinivasan supporters' referred to here ? Guru bet against his own team and lost money which is a loss for him only and not for the team. He deserves to be punished. Srini desperately utilizing the loopholes in the law to protect himself is only making him appear more and more foolish. Our support is for the CSK players and not its owners (unlike KKR for whom majority support is because of its owner).

  • 9ST9 on October 1, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    ayte there goes Husseys IPL contract.. it's OK mate make sure your BBL team make it to the cLt20 next year.

  • on October 1, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    No more IPL, CL for Mickael Hussey. Bravo Hussey!!!

  • on October 1, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    All you lame people. We just support CSK as a team and what happens with the management is not in our control. It is surely a well known fact that every team owner goes out of the legal books. And Guru surely was the face of CSK. Every team goes out of their way to protect their members and that's what CSK are doing now. Regarding Srinivasan, it's complete nonsense to blame him. If son-in-law's actions should degrade one's position then Sonia Gandhi has no right to be where she is now.

  • Cluedin on October 1, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    When one invests in a venture, one does look at the balance sheet and workings at least on a periodic basis at a macro level. So even if one is not involved in the day to day affairs on account of other priorities as has been repeatedly mentioned, the person concerned should have been aware of what is happening to the investment. The argument of ignorance does not wash. Also till early 2013 Guru was apparently the man behind the team and the venture and then when the scandal broke out he became a simple 'cricket enthusiast'.

  • on October 1, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Ha ha. Are the CSK & Srinivasan fans are suggesting that Neiyappan 'could have been' the Principal in 2008, but was abruptly demoted to the post of 'enthusiast' in 2013?

  • IndianEagle on October 1, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    @reuster Gurunath deserves punishnment for his wrongdoing, we never defend guru. Read my previous comment. Since he is srini's son in la,w srini believed him, he involved csk day to day affairs along with COACH (that too 2008, not 2013) but he backstabbed srini by betting. how he responisble for guru's wrongdoing. Read @odibestformat. And also read full article.

  • ruester on October 1, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    To all the Srinivisan supporters, are you all really so naive?

    Guru was so obviously heavily involved in the day to day running of CSK, nobody allows an "enthusiast' to spend millions during auctions or allows an 'enthusiast' to be a team principal. It was his job to do these things. The fact that Srinivisan lies to everybody does not to of sank in yet. This is not a conspiracy against CSK it is the facts, your owner is a liar and Guru has broken the law. I expect you will all suggest that Mike Hussey has a hidden agenda next, I wonder who the world will believe, Hussey or Srinivisan? Im guessing Mr Cricket is the man of integrity and truth.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on October 1, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    BCCI governed by their own constitution, which is subject to change or modify if there is enough majority. If the scenario arises (like (scrapping rajasthan royals and csk) ffor best intrest of ipl and indian cricket, they can scrap the controversial clause and they can fine the team heavily. I want to see both rr and csk, becz i luv ipl. Spot and match mixing should be rooted out from ipl, there is no second thought about that. Scrapping a team (bcz of some official involved in betting) adversly affect ipl. If owner of the team involved involved in spot fixing, that take spot fixing to another level, that team should be scrapped. I ask indian fans dont fall as prey to comments made by eng and aus fans, they hate ipl.

    One last thing, hussey talked about 2008 (keplel wessel as coach) so has no connection with current spot fixing and betting scandal.

  • C.Gull on October 1, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    Again and again, M Hussey proves he is the man. So capable and so much integrity. Cricket Australia really needs to get him involved somehow. I think he could do just about any job there and it would be to the benefit of the game.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on October 1, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    @all_comments. Read article fully, before commenting. Hussey spoke about 2008-2009 csk team ie) 1 ipl, kepler was coach during 2008, may be guru was a prinicipal at that time. Betting scandal happened in 2013. What's problem with readers is they just start commenting before reading full article. Funny.

  • on October 1, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Hussey get ready to pack your bags.

  • on October 1, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    lol... There goes Hussey's retirement plan of working as a CSK employee!

  • Nampally on September 30, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Good for you Michael Hussey! It is nice to see people with integrity & honesty. Telling things "As they are" has become a lost art in search of greed for money! Why don't we go back to "Emporor is Naked" story & learn from it. Just plain common sense confirms the truth of Hussey's statement.

  • ssenthil on September 30, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    "Our owner was Indian Cements, headed by Mr Srinivasan," Hussey has written. "As he was also on the board of the BCCI, he gave control of the team to his son-in-law Mr Gurunath. He ran the team along with Kepler Wessels, who was coach." Contents of which is self explanatory. But I want to hear from Hussey what WAS really happened in 2013 not in 2008. Common Hussey, open up about 2013. Poor journalism from EspnCricinfo to choose and pick a line from his book.

  • on September 30, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Man with guts...Hussey........

  • nayonika on September 30, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    The truth and facts are coming and coming from Hussey they must be true n real?

  • IndianEagle on September 30, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    both hussey and this article talks about csk-team of 2008-09. Fleming is a coach for past 5 years and during the spot fixing-betting scandal time, gurunath was not a principal and also not a owner(never). You could not spot guru (more often) during 2013 ipl in stadium with csk team as he had in early years of ipl! Check hightlights of csk match, you will find yourself. That's all.

  • SamRoy on September 30, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Now that Mike Hussey has spoken honestly I am pretty certain he will not be included in next IPL's CSK team. But we must commend him for his humbleness and honesty which he has always shown. He is a true role model for young aspiring cricketers.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on September 30, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    srini give control to guru and also guru is neither a owner not a stake holder, but cricket enthuastic

  • Harsha442 on September 30, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    oh, man, will he be playing the next CSK match? after this?...

  • Gevelsis on September 30, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    We all look forward to the day when the truth in these matters comes out and those concerned can no longer hide behind falsehoods and excuses. By his words and actions in the IPL inquiry and towards CSA, plus his contemptuous disregard for concerns and hopes of the ordinary cricket fan, Mr. Srinivasan might find that the corner into which he is busy painting himself, is shrinking by the day.

  • on September 30, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    ...Aaand that is the end of Hussey at CSK!

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  • on September 30, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    ...Aaand that is the end of Hussey at CSK!

  • Gevelsis on September 30, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    We all look forward to the day when the truth in these matters comes out and those concerned can no longer hide behind falsehoods and excuses. By his words and actions in the IPL inquiry and towards CSA, plus his contemptuous disregard for concerns and hopes of the ordinary cricket fan, Mr. Srinivasan might find that the corner into which he is busy painting himself, is shrinking by the day.

  • Harsha442 on September 30, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    oh, man, will he be playing the next CSK match? after this?...

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on September 30, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    srini give control to guru and also guru is neither a owner not a stake holder, but cricket enthuastic

  • SamRoy on September 30, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Now that Mike Hussey has spoken honestly I am pretty certain he will not be included in next IPL's CSK team. But we must commend him for his humbleness and honesty which he has always shown. He is a true role model for young aspiring cricketers.

  • IndianEagle on September 30, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    both hussey and this article talks about csk-team of 2008-09. Fleming is a coach for past 5 years and during the spot fixing-betting scandal time, gurunath was not a principal and also not a owner(never). You could not spot guru (more often) during 2013 ipl in stadium with csk team as he had in early years of ipl! Check hightlights of csk match, you will find yourself. That's all.

  • nayonika on September 30, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    The truth and facts are coming and coming from Hussey they must be true n real?

  • on September 30, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Man with guts...Hussey........

  • ssenthil on September 30, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    "Our owner was Indian Cements, headed by Mr Srinivasan," Hussey has written. "As he was also on the board of the BCCI, he gave control of the team to his son-in-law Mr Gurunath. He ran the team along with Kepler Wessels, who was coach." Contents of which is self explanatory. But I want to hear from Hussey what WAS really happened in 2013 not in 2008. Common Hussey, open up about 2013. Poor journalism from EspnCricinfo to choose and pick a line from his book.

  • Nampally on September 30, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Good for you Michael Hussey! It is nice to see people with integrity & honesty. Telling things "As they are" has become a lost art in search of greed for money! Why don't we go back to "Emporor is Naked" story & learn from it. Just plain common sense confirms the truth of Hussey's statement.