Corruption in the IPL September 30, 2013

Gurunath 'ran the team', says Hussey

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Lord 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

  • Chandra 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.

  • John 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.

  • ian 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?

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

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

  • Satesh 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.

  • Sharad 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?

  • Dummy4 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 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.

  • vas 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.

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