India news February 10, 2014

Charges against Gurunath proved - IPL probe report

ESPNcricinfo staff
99

Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, has been found by a court-appointed committee to have indulged in betting and passing on information during IPL 2013, as alleged, and has been proved to be the team official of Chennai Super Kings. The committee, led by Justice Mukul Mudgal, submitted its final report to the Supreme Court on Monday with the proviso that it was for the court to decide on any action to be taken.

The report also said that Raj Kundra, the Rajasthan Royals team owner, had "resorted to betting" through Umesh Goenka in the IPL as was "evident" from the statements of Goenka recorded by the Delhi court. However, it said that "further and serious investigations" on the basis of the Goenka statements were required.

The report noted that the allegations of spot-fixing and match fixing against five players - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila, Amit Singh and Siddharth Trivedi - on the basis of evidence provided by Delhi Police were facing criminal trial and "adequate punishment has been imposed upon them by the BCCI."

Along with the report, the court has also been given a sealed envelope - to be opened and read only by the judges - containing the names of persons allegedly involved in sporting fraud. The report said the commission had come across "many allegations of sporting fraud" and had forwarded the allegations in the sealed envelope "in view of the sensitive nature of the information being provided". The committee said it would not be "proper to cast aspersions on the persons named unless investigations are conducted".

The report is now expected to be taken up by the court on March 7, when it resumes hearing the case pertaining to IPL corruption which had led to the formation of the Mudgal committee.

The implications of the report, though serious, are not expected at this point to affect the IPL auction, due to be held on February 12 and 13. Rajiv Shukla, the BCCI vice-president, said the auction would go ahead as scheduled. "The good that Supreme Court has done is that the IPL auction was not stopped," he said. "It will happen as planned for all the teams in Bangalore."

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, said he would not comment till he had read the full report. The question of whether Gurunath was involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing, the report said, had "not been investigated thoroughly by the anti-corruption units of the ICC and the BCCI or the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department of the Chennai police, "even though some information was available for such an investigation to be conducted."

Over the question of Gurunath's role as "owner" of CSK, the committee said that the 'infraction of the rules prohibiting betting by a team official has clearly occoured." It took note of the "stance" of the CSK senior counsel who had said that "CSK should not be punished for actions of Meiyappan." The franchisee owners "(Indian Cements) (sic)" had defended the actions of the franchisee "by contending/ stating that Mr Gurunath Meiyappan was not related in any way with the franchise." The committee's response to this contention was that, "the franchisee appears to be contradicting the factual position as has already been observed by the committee."

The committee stated that Gurunath had been in violation of several sections of the IPL Operational Rules, the IPL Anti-Corruption Code and Articles of the Code of Conduct for Players and team officials. The report's "conclusions and recommendations" section has said that it can do no more than report a "violation of the rules" to the Court as it does not have a mandate to impose any punishment. "It is for the Hon'ble Supreme Court to decide what action, if any, is to be taken pursuant of the report of the Committee."

There are references made to one specific match in the report, between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings on May 12, 2013, the committee stating, "there seems to be enough information available on record to indicate that a further investigation is required in respect of the match."

The report also refers to the issue of conflict of interest - "raised by several persons who are neither in the BCCI hierarchy nor are beneficiaries of the BCCI" - brought about by the ownership of Chennai Super Kings by India Cements, whose managing director is the BCCI president. "It was also pointed out that the conflict of interest was brought about by the amendment to clause 6.2.4 of the BCCI Rules and Regulations, by which an office-bearer of the BCCI was permitted to hold a commercial interest in the IPL and Champions League." The amendment, the report notes, was the subject of a petition in the Supreme Court by former BCCI president AC Muthiah, leading to a split verdict.

The report concedes that, while the issue does not fall directly within the committee's terms of reference, the questions raised were "serious and may have large-scale ramifications on the functioning of cricket." It said it was bringing the matter before the Supreme Court "since several stakeholders repeatedly stressed on this issue."

The three-member committee, headed by former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal and comprising additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta, was set up by the Supreme Court in October 2013 to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption against Gurunath, Super Kings team owner India Cements, and Rajasthan Royals team owner Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Ltd, as well as with the larger mandate of allegations around betting and spot-fixing in IPL matches and the involvement of players. It interviewed more than 100 people - including ESPNcricinfo's senior editor Sharda Ugra - in connection with its probe.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • GrindAR on February 12, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    @kowalski: FYI, I belong to your category as well. Do you think the 90's cricket was the golden era of test cricket? What make you believe that. World wide, the pitches were doctored to score more runs than bowlers having a fair deal. Even mighty Aussies could not bundle out the oppositions very cheaply as they use to do in 70's and 80's or Bradman ages.... why to go far.... just before Aus/Eng board brought new rules to demolish the strengths of WI ( Bowling attack). That day, was the darkest day of test cricket. Every record produced beaten after that were done on a mediocre test systems... Aus needed sledging as their weapon to win... etc.

  • East_West on February 11, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why BCCI is so rich versus cricket boards of other countries??

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    After destroying Indian Cricket, BCCI now goes for global destruction!! ...ICC.. Feels very bad to see all this in Cricket...once known as Gentlemans game!! After switching off from Indian Cricket after the GOD retired, I think its time to switch off from International cricket too!! Time to buy DVDs of old matches and watch them. Now we will tell our future generations that there used to be a gentlemans game called cricket!! which was destroyed by greed. One thing i am proud of is that I havent seen a single IPL match till date!! It was never cricket and never will be! Also its good that legends like Sachin, dravid, laxman, ganguly, kumble have all retired from cricket. Bye Bye Cricket!!

  • rizwan1981 on February 11, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Why is M S Dhoni talking to Srinivasan's Son - in - Law ? Why is Mayyappan allowed to be in the dugout ? Didn't Srinivasan say that he has nothing to do with CSK when questions were raised about his conflict of interest as he was the head of the BCCI ?

  • UAETigers on February 11, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Under Dhoni captianship India had lost in overseas conditions same as other captians so it has put him in the same category as others? He is an exception ODI and T20 Captian and player but not a test match classic!!! under his captaincy Indian team has so far lost 4 consecetive overseas tour, lost in ENG, AUS, SA and now NZ, drew in SL!! He himself and team does not prepare themselves for the tours and this is the main reason of failure!! Secondly after loosing straight 8-0 to ENG and AUS his statement was it does not make any difference as we are World Champion!! Test is never his proirity nor importance!! Outstanding limited over player but a failure in test matches!!

  • on February 11, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Please stop comparing Gangulys era with Dhonis achievements...Those were the years of quality cricket..The mighty Australians,Pakistan SA with their deadly fast attack,Murali,Warne,Kumble,Saqlin as spinners..Indian cricket reeling with match fixing controversies was saved by some bold and honest cricketers..Those were the years of cricket romanticism..When we evolved from dust to glory and challenged the best in their own den.

  • on February 11, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Out of the 11 tests that we lost abroad, 8 tests had Sachin, Dravid, Lakshman and majority had Sehwag and Gambhir also. Please check the statistics below and comment on Dhoni's leadership Sachin - England - 34, 12, 16, 56, 1, 40, 23, 91 - Australia - 73, 32, 41, 80, 15, 8, 25, 13 Sehwag - England - NA, NA, NA, NA, 0, 0, 8, 33 - Australia - 67, 7, 30, 4, 0, 10, 18, 62 Gambhir - England - 15, 22, NA, NA, 38, 14, - Australia - 3, 13, 0, 83, 31, 14, 34, 3 Dravid - England - 103, 36, 117, 6, 22, 18, 146, 13 - Australia - 68, 10, 5, 29, 9, 47, 1, 25 Lakshman - England - 10, 56, 54, 4, 30, 2, 2, 24 - Australia - 2, 1, 2, 66, 31, 0, 18, 35 Raina - England - 0, 78, 12, 1, 4, 10, 0, 0 - Australia - NA Yuvraj Singh - England - NA, NA, 62, 8, NA, NA, NA, NA - Australia - NA Dhoni - England - 28, 16, 5, 0, 77, 74, 17, 3 - Australia - 6, 23, 57, 2, 12, 2, NA, NA Kohli - Australia - 11, 0, 23, 9, 44, 75, 116, 22

  • on February 11, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Match fixing is an insult in any sporti,g event. Those who do such activities deserves punishment. N Srinivasan and his supporters should step down and make cricket clean just like Ganguly had done before. Why not make Ganguly as the chairman of BCCI?

  • UAETigers on February 11, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Dude!!! Out of those 26 victories in his bright carrier how many has come outside India? 2 may be three? and his defeats of 14 how many has come inside India? 4 may be!! So please accept Dhoni is not a test captain and he never succeeded in being a proper test captian in overseas condition. Any team coming to India always do their homework for spinnning and low tracks. Can you please tell me what preparations Dhoni and India team has ever done before going to overseas test tour? Any camp at high altitude, practise on green pithces, selecting team based on the touring country condition? name one please!!

  • on February 11, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    dhoni 52 tests 26 wins 14defeats he has been not only a great cricketer but a solid captian in all three formats please stop all this rubbish talk about a man who has taken indian cricket to fame and glory just because our team is in the rebuilding phrase the out of the sub continent performances have been not so good but tell me when before dhoni india has been good outside our conditions .i again say find super fast bowlers one or two and then see the change.

  • GrindAR on February 12, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    @kowalski: FYI, I belong to your category as well. Do you think the 90's cricket was the golden era of test cricket? What make you believe that. World wide, the pitches were doctored to score more runs than bowlers having a fair deal. Even mighty Aussies could not bundle out the oppositions very cheaply as they use to do in 70's and 80's or Bradman ages.... why to go far.... just before Aus/Eng board brought new rules to demolish the strengths of WI ( Bowling attack). That day, was the darkest day of test cricket. Every record produced beaten after that were done on a mediocre test systems... Aus needed sledging as their weapon to win... etc.

  • East_West on February 11, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why BCCI is so rich versus cricket boards of other countries??

  • on February 11, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    After destroying Indian Cricket, BCCI now goes for global destruction!! ...ICC.. Feels very bad to see all this in Cricket...once known as Gentlemans game!! After switching off from Indian Cricket after the GOD retired, I think its time to switch off from International cricket too!! Time to buy DVDs of old matches and watch them. Now we will tell our future generations that there used to be a gentlemans game called cricket!! which was destroyed by greed. One thing i am proud of is that I havent seen a single IPL match till date!! It was never cricket and never will be! Also its good that legends like Sachin, dravid, laxman, ganguly, kumble have all retired from cricket. Bye Bye Cricket!!

  • rizwan1981 on February 11, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Why is M S Dhoni talking to Srinivasan's Son - in - Law ? Why is Mayyappan allowed to be in the dugout ? Didn't Srinivasan say that he has nothing to do with CSK when questions were raised about his conflict of interest as he was the head of the BCCI ?

  • UAETigers on February 11, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Under Dhoni captianship India had lost in overseas conditions same as other captians so it has put him in the same category as others? He is an exception ODI and T20 Captian and player but not a test match classic!!! under his captaincy Indian team has so far lost 4 consecetive overseas tour, lost in ENG, AUS, SA and now NZ, drew in SL!! He himself and team does not prepare themselves for the tours and this is the main reason of failure!! Secondly after loosing straight 8-0 to ENG and AUS his statement was it does not make any difference as we are World Champion!! Test is never his proirity nor importance!! Outstanding limited over player but a failure in test matches!!

  • on February 11, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Please stop comparing Gangulys era with Dhonis achievements...Those were the years of quality cricket..The mighty Australians,Pakistan SA with their deadly fast attack,Murali,Warne,Kumble,Saqlin as spinners..Indian cricket reeling with match fixing controversies was saved by some bold and honest cricketers..Those were the years of cricket romanticism..When we evolved from dust to glory and challenged the best in their own den.

  • on February 11, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Out of the 11 tests that we lost abroad, 8 tests had Sachin, Dravid, Lakshman and majority had Sehwag and Gambhir also. Please check the statistics below and comment on Dhoni's leadership Sachin - England - 34, 12, 16, 56, 1, 40, 23, 91 - Australia - 73, 32, 41, 80, 15, 8, 25, 13 Sehwag - England - NA, NA, NA, NA, 0, 0, 8, 33 - Australia - 67, 7, 30, 4, 0, 10, 18, 62 Gambhir - England - 15, 22, NA, NA, 38, 14, - Australia - 3, 13, 0, 83, 31, 14, 34, 3 Dravid - England - 103, 36, 117, 6, 22, 18, 146, 13 - Australia - 68, 10, 5, 29, 9, 47, 1, 25 Lakshman - England - 10, 56, 54, 4, 30, 2, 2, 24 - Australia - 2, 1, 2, 66, 31, 0, 18, 35 Raina - England - 0, 78, 12, 1, 4, 10, 0, 0 - Australia - NA Yuvraj Singh - England - NA, NA, 62, 8, NA, NA, NA, NA - Australia - NA Dhoni - England - 28, 16, 5, 0, 77, 74, 17, 3 - Australia - 6, 23, 57, 2, 12, 2, NA, NA Kohli - Australia - 11, 0, 23, 9, 44, 75, 116, 22

  • on February 11, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Match fixing is an insult in any sporti,g event. Those who do such activities deserves punishment. N Srinivasan and his supporters should step down and make cricket clean just like Ganguly had done before. Why not make Ganguly as the chairman of BCCI?

  • UAETigers on February 11, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Dude!!! Out of those 26 victories in his bright carrier how many has come outside India? 2 may be three? and his defeats of 14 how many has come inside India? 4 may be!! So please accept Dhoni is not a test captain and he never succeeded in being a proper test captian in overseas condition. Any team coming to India always do their homework for spinnning and low tracks. Can you please tell me what preparations Dhoni and India team has ever done before going to overseas test tour? Any camp at high altitude, practise on green pithces, selecting team based on the touring country condition? name one please!!

  • on February 11, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    dhoni 52 tests 26 wins 14defeats he has been not only a great cricketer but a solid captian in all three formats please stop all this rubbish talk about a man who has taken indian cricket to fame and glory just because our team is in the rebuilding phrase the out of the sub continent performances have been not so good but tell me when before dhoni india has been good outside our conditions .i again say find super fast bowlers one or two and then see the change.

  • msdhoni123 on February 11, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    whats with everyone hatting on dhoni. its mostly ganguly fans being threatened by the dhoni.but cant see the reason why. I admit India lost the consecutive away tours how can you pinpoint as dhonis fault. sachin laxman dravid sehwag gambhir all was involved but none of them get blamed. These fans make it sound like there was 11 dhoni playing. and people blaming him for backing ashwin jadeja raina and vijay. Ashwin has the highest wicket by an indian in test and pretty handy with bat.jadeja highest odi wicket taker for india and vijay second highest test scorer last year for India. I admit Raina hasnt been in best of forms but he won player of the series last year against england. So stop blaming CSK players for everything. This is coming from a RCB supporter who dont think kohli should be captain apart from t20

  • viveksampy on February 11, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    People's hatred for CSK is evident in most of the comments posted here. I'm not sure about the reason. People just hate them! Why? Just because they win? Just because they score much? And there are "cricket fanatics" who want an Indian team without Dhoni, Vijay, Raina, Jadeja and Ashwin. And they also say that a true Indian wouldn't choose any of the above in his team. If they are such a Team India fanatic, they would value their presence in the team. Ashwin and Jadeja have become more of a reliable batsmen down the order. No one talks about Shikhar, Bhuvi, Shami and the rest's abysmal performances. They all corner D, V, R, J and A just because they wear the yellow jersey. Grow up guys, think wiser. Just because one plays for a particular team, it doesn't mean you can just rubbish him on baseless grounds.

  • Sachinist123 on February 11, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    After destroying Indian Cricket, BCCI now goes for global destruction!! ...ICC.. Feels very bad to see all this in Cricket...once known as Gentlemans game!! After switching off from Indian Cricket after the GOD retired, I think its time to switch off from International cricket too!! Time to buy DVDs of old matches and watch them. Now we will tell our future generations that there used to be a gentlemans game called cricket!! which was destroyed by greed. One thing i am proud of is that I havent seen a single IPL match till date!! It was never cricket and never will be! Also its good that legends like Sachin, dravid, laxman, ganguly, kumble have all retired from cricket. Bye Bye Cricket!!

  • Bansam on February 11, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    BCCI made the biggest mistake by letting Sirinivasan hold onto the top post when it was very clear that his son in law was involved in corruption. The way he defended Gurunath and clung onto the top post when there were calls for resignation reflects poorly on him. it is high time to remove Sirinivasan and his supporters at BCCI and make cricket clean.

  • on February 11, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    csk should be terminated and fresh auction should be done....we don't have any problem with CSK team but with owner....

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    I really don't know why are people underrating Raina in all comments. He's the one who has 90+ strike rate in ODI carrier with a descent avg. Now all your experiments with some new players in the middle order are failed. What's next ? First find some good replacement and then talk. You people and some medias are doing nothing but creating pressure to the selectors *sigh*

  • India_boy on February 11, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @thandavan...really? MSD has presided over the worst period in Indian cricket team's history, we have lost 10 out of 11 test matches abroad, most of them by huge margins. He has brought Indian team back to the dark periods of early days. His contribution with bat in tests oversees is not even worth calling a shame. Everyone is blaming MSD because he insists on this team. He insists on letting his close friends and CSK team mates play, tell me one test/ODI team which would allow players like Vijay, Jaedja, Raina, ashwin and Mohit sharma in their team? It's only because of MSD that these guys are playing. He maybe a good ODI captain, but is terrible terrible in test, probably at the bottom and he is dragging the Indian team along with him. Cricinfo pl publish

  • BenGridley on February 11, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    thandavam. you should refrain from commenting mate. you clearly don't have anything worthy to add to the debate. ignorant person. the question is, will india act and finally punish these players and officials. or play naive like our @thandavam here. there are always talks of fixing around indian team, thus leads to negative image of the indian cricket. clean up mate

  • santhoshg016 on February 11, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    If Sehwag & Gambhir not selected in Indian team you will blame Dhoni,, If Raina selected in the team you will blame Dhoni,,, If jadeja doesnt score runs you wil blame Dhoni.., If Ashwin didnt pick the wicket in overseas you will blame Dhoni.. if Csk team owner does Beating again you people blame Dhoni... oh my god i dont why Indian Fans are like this.. Dhoni , Dhoni, Dhoni, whatever happens in Indian Cricket everyone blaming Dhoni, and Csk.. I dont know when Indian fans will awake and stop screaming about Dhoni and Csk and Indian Cricket team.. pls stop this.. we should support out team not disgrace our Team.. If you want to blame anything about Team INdia.. we should blame only BCCI members.. not Dhoni or Co team..

  • santhoshg016 on February 11, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    I have read lot of comments, most of the comments have registered by Indian Fans, I dont know why some peoples hate dhoni and csk team, Dhoni is the best captain India have ever produce comparing to any other captains.. Just look at his record in overseas, Common wealth bank series in Australia, T20 World cup in south africa, and in Newzealand 2009 series, recently we have won champions Trophy in England, no one can blame dhoni and his captaincy. I agree that recently we are not doing well in Overseas,, but our guys are trying and new bloods are ready to challenge.. hope it will take sometime to rebuild a team with young bloods.. and its shame on you those peoples who comments badly about India as a Indian supporters.. Pls as a INDIAN supporters we should not give up our team at any cost.. either we win or lose.. Its a sports, Support them and cheer for India.. JAI HO

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    kowalski..... "We all remember what happened when IPL was in SA :-)"....Yes, we remember csk making it to semi fianls..! For god sake,people should stop suspecting csk's success because of this betting scandal...Besides no ipl team is so poor to take money money from csk and lose the match especially when the owners are of mallya,ambani,sha rukh khan's calibre! Besides,this is betting problem and not fixing problem!

  • India_boy on February 11, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Everybody but CSK fans could see why CSK was winning or reaching the finals. I mean come on, the chief of IPL (the ultimate boss) & the captain of ICT are both managing CSK, how could they not win, and won from seemingly losing positions! And to top it all, half of those useless players are playing for India - Ashwin, Murali vijay, Raina, Mohit Sharma, Jadeja (still better than others). Even MSD in tests abroad has become liability and his deals and contracts recently have been a little shady to put it mildly. Come on guys, they have totaly ruined our game and our interest in it fast becoming a mere time pass. cricinfo pl publish

  • Rajiv007 on February 11, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Please ban CSK...save Indian Cricket...We are losing only because of CSK. Any India cricket fan would never take Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja and Vijay in their team.

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 11, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Being an Indian & CSK fan, this is among the most shameful moments as a fan! Meiyanppans father-in-law is the new ICC Chief!!!

    For once, I share the views expressed by my Pakistani & Sri Lankan brothers... God save Cricket! I am going to stop watching cricket & teach Hockey to my Children. There are anyway several world-class Hockey Turfs in Bangalore. To hell with Cricket.

  • on February 11, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    IPL is WWE. Watch for what it is worth. And if India gets the control of ICC, all of the cricket in whole wide world will be like WWE. Media is under Indian control, umpires will always give the benefit of doubt to India (e,g. Steve Bucknor was fired because of India), other teams will lose matches if BCCI order them to (e,g, Pakistan loss to India in world cup semi final. Cricket will die. BCCI controlled cricket is not good for cricket.

  • kowalski on February 11, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    @ GrindAR , I am bemused by your perception of Sports! Its not always about winning. It is never about winning. And Tendulkar a Gully cricketer? I will take a gully cricketer who can score 100 centuries over the Ugliest looking cricketer ( in terms of technique ) any day (Jadeja? Dhoni? Raina? Ashwin?) Ashwin is not even a bowler let alone an all rounder. Its high time Ohja gets a chance. Raina has NEVER played consistently well ( even scoring 30 runs regularly ) outside india. One double century against Aus in India doesnt make Dhoni a test cricketer. He is in team because he is a captain. Calling Jadeja, Ashwin, Dhoni test cricketer is a shame to names of dravid, sachin laxman. CSK has fire in belly only in India. We all remember what happened when IPL was in SA :-) You sir are a fan of T20 cricket which needs a winner and loser. I belong to old generation of viewers who prefer a 450 overs grind. Scoring 50 in 30 balls needs luck. Scoring 200 in 350 balls needs talent.

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Really sad to see CSK fans reduce this report to their fanhood of CSK and of its players...Come on guys Indian team and Indian cricket comes above CSK... even if CSK is scrapped, there will be a team from chennai... A real CSK fan would want CSK to be managed by someone else not India cements...

  • SydneyIndi on February 11, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Well, what a sad state of affairs. India is booming but if we want 2 be at the top as a country we need to rid ourselves of the corrupt tendencies; it seems to have taken over our culture in the last 200 years or so. Why is it so hard? Every time we move up, this corrupt nature of our elite (??) drags us down. It is time to have strict rules / transparrent info on ownership, annual financial reports, etc for IPL teams considering the big money involved. It despicable to see that people in high positions allow son-in law, son, wife, daughter, brother, etc to be the unofficial / official managers of an organisation & we seem to accept it (part of our stupid culture?). If Gurunath is not an owner, Y is he on the field with CSK players? Who allowed him there? Why R CSK players talking to him? All these people (including these + Modi, etc) need to be thrown out be4 Indian cricket is damaged further. MSD was a player + an agent! Conflict of interest mean anything to him? Time 4 full cleanup

  • A.Sarkar17 on February 11, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    The silence of politicians inside BCCI coterie is obviously expected as most of them are mere power brokers and never had the interest of the game at heart. What is sad is the role played by cricket icons whom the fans have fawned upon. While we have adjusted to the shock of finding heroes of yester-years like Gavaskar & Shastri become lackeys why don't others speak up except a few like Mr. Bedi or can sacrifice their personal goals for Indian Cricket like Mr. Amarnath who lost his job for taking a stand.If someone gets a Bharat Ratna for enhancing India's prestige isn't the time ripe for him to take a stand along with his erstwhile teammates who are legends in their own right. If the God of Cricket alongwith the Dravids, Gangulis & Kumbles call out to the fans to boycott the circus till the clowns of BCCI are removed, the sponsors will also get cold feet fearing loss of face and money. The BCCI is unlikely to change otherwise. Our only hope now seems to be the Honorable Supreme Court.

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    Alright folks, the next target is ICC. 8 of the 'full' members even voted in favor of fraud! So what's the issue?

  • cricpanther on February 11, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    CSK, Mayyapan and Srinivasan try to control everything for Cricket in India and Internationally. Removed both of them out of the cricket and take away all the powers and authority. Why Srinivasan still there in BCCI and represent ICC too?? He is not listening and obeying cricketing selection committee and defended Dhoni for executing Veto power!! What a nonsense administrator he is!! Too much of control at ICC side and become ruler of Cricket ?? No No...No Throw him out completely. There is no MBA or administration experience require to run BCCI or ICC. Its just a real passion and serving for the gentleman's game. Give it back to Legend Cricketers who know exactly how to carry forward ICC/BCCI/IPL etc. Every day is a blunders day for CSK/Mayyapan/Srinivasa still they dont want to go !!!! What a shameless people!!!

  • cricpanther on February 11, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    It will happened to any club or any person, who is too smart and try to make money for everything even it is not enjoying the real fun of the game. See the example of gurunath, now he has being proved,earlier defended heavily by his father in law Srini, now it's proved and Srini has no right to have any possession of IPL/BCCI. This smart administrator should get thrown out from IPL/BCCI and ICC. When corruption happened in his time. Srini is telling that BCCI and IPL has no direct connection, independent! When they want to take charge and removed Mr. Modi, they said IPL comes under BCCI !!

  • mtfb on February 11, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Oh, what a surprise - corruption in Asian cricket. Who would have thought.

  • on February 11, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Shock, horror! Corruption in IPL! Who'd have thought'

  • ravi-1967 on February 10, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    As I have been always telling IPL has had a negative impact on Cricket in India. Now India rules the ICC too. What next.

    I had decided not to watch IPL in 2013 and my decision is that it would be so in future too. IPL depends on fans like us to thrive, if we stop watching it then it would naturally die and impact BCCI so hard.

    The game of cricket is at risk. Hope people wake up and take a call.

  • Herath-UK on February 10, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Sad thing is same persons ruined the international cricket game also. With suddenly gained wealth they act irresponsibly & insanely. Higher they go worse will be their fall.

  • techie77 on February 10, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Just sad to see that people feel their affiliation to a team is more stronger than their moral standings on issues related to corruption. Ever since (Srinivsan (CSK camp)) have captured Indian (now world) cricket, Indian cricket team has gone down to dumps. No one really cares about the quality of cricket played by the team. Its all about the $$$$. Phew..will be worth watching...the circus he comes up with now to get out of this mess :)

  • Alexk400 on February 10, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    The thing is where is document proof that meiyappan is team official except he is son in law of the owner?. If he was a team official and he resort to betting can be proven in court then CSK needs to be fined.

  • UK_Chap on February 10, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    RyanHarrisGreatCricketer :nice joke about the windies. Reading this article really inspires great faith in the BCCI taking over the governing of world cricket. I am sure the ECB and CA are also feeling mighty proud of their achievements.

  • on February 10, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Where does this leave Indian captain, if the court decide against this and find CSK guilty, Dhoni can't really argue that he was unaware of all this. After all he is captain of CSK and should share part of this blame. He should really resign as captain of India if court decide this case against CSK. I won't comment about BCCI current chairman (to be ICC chairman soon), don't think he is morally strong enough to resign.

  • GrindAR on February 10, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    My previous messages were not posted here. But ESPN cricinfo is trying to create a big scene from what is supposedly an inconclusive report with no physical evidence againt anybody who are being vindicated here. Even the report states that there is not even a remote evidence case available to show that the voice in the recordings belong to the vindicated...

  • fzsTrio on February 10, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    IPL is a big joke anyway. Who cares. Nothing will happen. India got the power and money.

  • on February 10, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    Punishing Gurunath is a must if he's found guilty, but why punish cricket by srapping CSK? The CSK players are playing like all other team players, so leave CSK alone, we need to enjoy some cricket . Everywhere there is corruption, starting from Ministers to small officials.

  • on February 10, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    IPL is good for money making, not for cricket.

  • Madhavan.Varun on February 10, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Times when news on this CSK betting activity pops up: 1. Before IPL finals... 2. Before Champions' League ... 3. 2 days before IPL Auctions...

    ~.~

  • mirandola on February 10, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    This debate seems to divide between One-eyed India supporters who will never ever accept a bad word said about 'their' team (for that, read. 'the team selected by a small cartel owned by Big Business') and others who despise the way the ICC is trying to own and boss international cricket (these are called 'haters' by the One-eyed ones). It's a much bigger subject, and it has to do with how much money-driven corruption can enter a game before that game is completely destroyed. I think we may be getting close to finding out.

  • on February 10, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    This guy is simply someone who represented a company and happened to be a fan of CSK. He neither an owner nor part of the cricketing set up of CSK

    People calling for the end of franchise on this basis really need to wake up and open their eyes. It isn't corruption it's simply a guy who was stupid enough to get caught betting on cricket in India

  • bobbo2 on February 10, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    The IPL is a joke. I follow all cricket except the IPL and I cannot even name a team that has won the competition. The IPL is about money and nothing else. I would rather watch D Grade park cricket because at least the players are there for the love of the game.

  • cricketshriket on February 10, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Who are the six capped players I am hearing about in the news?

  • Cobra0077 on February 10, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    "The question of whether Gurunath was involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing, the report said, had "not been investigated thoroughly by the anti-corruption units of the ICC and the BCCI or the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department of the Chennai police, "even though some information was available for such an investigation to be conducted."" ICC should be very concerned here and investigate this matter thoroughly and if required action should be taken against the ICC's anti-corruption unit. Until that matter is solved N Srinivasan should not be allowed to take part as an ICC official.

  • on February 10, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    No really ? Corruption in the IPL ? I'd never have thought it.

  • suman2 on February 10, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    I would advocate immediate legalisation of cricket betting in India and its proper regulation. This will reduce criminality by the organised terrorist gangs and reduce criminalisation of an otherwise relatively harmless act, in the process saving millions on these investigative probes. Let there be some liberalisation like the 1990s when gold smuggling was made unprofitable overnight due to duty slash by the government. Let betting companies operate transparently in India and pay tax.

  • GrindAR on February 10, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Witch hunt again and again... when do they stop? If you dont have the money to spend to educate your officials... you dont have the right to blame or vindicate somebody or anybody... If you do witch hunt.... do witches hunt... so that you hunt down every culprit... not the one at your convenience.... some rules were laid out only after the damages were done and dusted... so stop witch hunt and be a clean administration... (both BCCI and Legal Bodies of India and Media)

  • suman2 on February 10, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Mr Dutta's report paints a Shocking picture not just about authenticity of cricket games being played in India but:

    A. working of and coordination amongst various investigative agencies. B. Impunity enjoyed by powerful people in India. C. Extent of political control or otherwise impacting decisions to probe or otherwise. D. How widespread corruption still seems to be at the top of Indian cricket. E. Overall climate of fear among anyone coonected with cricket, players, officials, even journalists.

    Forget Kundra or Meiyappan, if I was a BCCI functionary I would resign immediately.

  • on February 10, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    It is very funny how all those who madly rush in to defend their favorite csk display a unity in conveniently forgetting a very fundamental thing. Almost every single person bragging about csk saying 'csk is the only team that always wins' 'csk is the only team that will make finals every year' 'csk players are superhuman like their superstar' etc... Get something deep into your miniscule brains. The very direction in which the impact of Justice Mukul Mudgal's report is heading itself is a certain indication that it will soon unearth the manner in which csk was able to win all those matches and be in the thick of things in all these IPL seasons. When it is gonna be proved that all the victories of csk that you people fancy bragging about were in fact gifted to csk as a part of the elaborate fixing mission. (ex - that win against RCB in R.P Singh's final over in last season and countless more..) so die hard supporters of csk... Be ready for a bigger Tsunami.

  • Alexk400 on February 10, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    I find this a witch hunt.

  • GDiaz on February 10, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    BCCI can't even manage cricket within India. I'm frightened to see what will happen to cricket now that the BCCI is "The" power player in the ICC. Also who are the players involved in this latest round of fixing? The ICC should also be renamed the Indian Cricket Council as the BCCI seems to decide everything that goes on in the game. There are at least a dozen other countries that play decent cricket why don't they stick together and put the BCCI in its place.

    As a fan I am very worried about the game I love!

  • on February 10, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Cricket isn't the same game anymore. I remember I used to be a crazy cricket fan, never missing a game even during the board exam times. I don't watch cricket anymore. It's so much polluted that even the Ganges will laugh at it.

    Time to make Indian Football a better sport. Stop Watching cricket please.

  • GrindAR on February 10, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    folks who complain about CSK is team India.... Do you want 100% MI to be team India or what? CSK team know how to win from no where near it.... who have the fire in belly and win for CSK survive in the team.... I think that is needed to win a match no matter if it is team India or a team gully... Mr 10dulkar was a gully cricketer b4 he was made to be a center figure of team India. When team India was not captained by anyone from political capital or commercial captial, team India always had the fire in belly to win the games... thats how Wc 83 & 2011 were won and made more than 3 times at the final of WCs to do the same... I think team India is better positioned with a captain who can do tactical thinking.... when players respond with their 100% it will work out well.. ( 3rd innings of recent test against NZ) when they respond lousy, the rest will also be the same... So, stop blame game on selection.

  • sweetspot on February 10, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    What is the fine for betting? Rs.200. That's it. Even if you've played with 200 crores at the betting table. This is Indian law. Meiyappan will pay 200 rupees for his crime of betting. As for proving ownership, it is India Cements, a company with a long and shining record of supporting cricket and cricketers, including The Wall Rahul Dravid. Try proving Gurunath Meiyappan is the sole owner of India Cements! It's a public company! As for the team official argument, CSK will simply offer to scrap him and it will be business as usual at the auctions.

  • on February 10, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    @jasonsmithkiwi: Yeah right, kicking India out of world cricket for a few years is the perfect solution. If that happens sir you can rest assured that many cricket boards (including yours) will find it very very hard to run their day to day affairs, let alone send their teams on tours. Please remember that labelling a whole country as corrupt just because of the actions of a few isn't the right thing to do.

    I am not condoning the actions of Gurunath Meiyappan or the CSK management. I am also not in favour of the new regulations adopted by the ICC. I firmly believe that Meiyappan should be punished to the fullest extent and CSK should also be held accountable for their actions.

  • Ranjit_sourav on February 10, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    I am sure nothing will happen to CSK and they will not be scrapped as well. We are seeing these things since 2008 and IPL is been the same, first they had Lalit Modi then the BCCI took charge of the entire IPL governing council, Why didnt they scrap IPL then. Its all about money (Rich Owners, mulimillion Broadcasters, TRP's,Billions in 2 months and so on). Definitely they are not going to scrap CSK as they know 8 Matches in Chepauk with CSK playing can get them millions and they dont want to miss it. Note: I am a CSK fan though.

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    It is not about CSK. It is about the owner. When the rule clearly states, the team must be removed in case of corruption, it must be followed irrespective of how powerful the team is. Anyways we all belong to India and it doesn't matter which team our fav player play.

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    The panel did not say that gurunath meiyyappan as owner of the csk team.Everyone knows gurunath was acting like a owner. But can it be proved with documental evidence? no. because as per ipl records gurunath is not a team owner. So i think csk would get out of it easily.

  • Anjanalw23 on February 10, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    And big 3 made this guys father-in-law the chairman of ICC. this is just a hint of the things to come in the future of the game of GENTLEMEN.i pray for cricket and its followers

  • anton_ego on February 10, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    @Niranjan, and all the CSK supporters in this discussion, please understand one thing. Nobody is against CSK team or its players. Our only concern is with the owners. Nowhere in the entire world can a team principal of a franchise participate in betting related activities, and get away with it. Just look at the crazily strict rules regarding betting in EPL, MLB, NBA, NHL, etc. We just want justice, that's all. I don't care at all about CSK. All I want answered is, if it had happened to any other team, would it have been spared? Why is CSK special?

  • on February 10, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Is it possible, to retain the team and its brand value, by asking the current owners to surrender their ownership 100%, and IPL/BCCI accepting new owners?

    Of course, this is in addition to dealing with the guilty, strictly by rules of law, and not by rules of relationships!

  • reality_check on February 10, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    "The question of whether Gurunath was involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing, the report said, had "NOT BEEN INVESTIGATED THOROUGHLY by the anti-corruption units of the ICC and the BCCI"

    Oh really? Am I the only one to think this is odd.

  • iHitWicket on February 10, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    I have full sympathies for CSK and cricket in general. But can corruption at this level and scale be ignored? Mr.Meiyappan should get punished to the fullest extent possible.

  • thinkgood on February 10, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    I am an American. I feel sorry for CSK. What have you done Guru... you destroyed a great team - CSK !!!. Even if it continues in a new name , it wont be the same CSK. CSK always will live in the heart of the people of Chennai and in fact all lovers of its brand of cricket. What have you done Guru ... what have you done... !!!!. Hope CSK as a team is allowed to continue. Its my only wish and pray for the kind of real good cricket they play on field. What have you done Guru.... what have you done ... !!!

  • on February 10, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    I am a CSK fan but when the allegations are proved,the franchise must be terminated and auction should be done to get new owners just like how it happened for Deccan chargers

  • Presynaras on February 10, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    @Kiran- Fastest to 100 wkts in over 80 years. 2 hundreds and even more runs from his bat than Rahane and Rohit. You want Ashwin out and Rahane in. That's laughable. I do like Rahane, but you defending Rahane and dissing Ashwin is pure prejudice. Yes Ashwin has been a bit low on wkts this series, but even Kumble and Bhajji were miserable abroad initially. You can't judge a player based on his one failure in SA test. Bhajji is miserable even in Domestic these days. Mishra is nowhere near as good as Ashwin. You can't have two left hand spinners in Ojha and Jaddu and with Jaddu adding with the bat, he is preferred over Ojha.

  • on February 10, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    csk subset of Indian cricket team....

  • on February 10, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    @Niranjan, Rahane has been doing great in domestic cricket for a while. Thats the reason he is playing for India, now. He has good technique as well. But, Ashwin - yes - IPL' child.

  • on February 10, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Keep Crying Guys , but CSK cannot be Destroyed .

  • on February 10, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    @Niranjan ..looks like u r ignorant about the domestic matches ..Rahane has been on the threshold of national call since a while and IPL has nothing to do abt it ..he has been top performing player on ranji scene since a while...

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 10, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    @nibir78....Atleast legal system worked in India. Guilty gets what they deserve...!! doesn't matter who he/she is...

  • nibir78 on February 10, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Superb! IPL, BCCI, ICC & Cricket are on the right path to the destination.

  • IndianEagle on February 10, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Justics Mudgal said that the Chennai Super Kings' owners were passing on the information. "We have only found out that they were passing information. No finding of passing inside information could be determined."

  • on February 10, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Only 5 that is, out of playing 11 you will find only 4. Now that is really only. CSK will win when they want, just show the other finalist some green side

  • on February 10, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    for the record MI is team with highest brand value.

  • mahesh225 on February 10, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    when rohit sharma can captain mumbai and play for india anyone can play from csk. we have won world cup been no 1 in odi and tests. give some time this team will do well in future.

  • IndianEagle on February 10, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    i love ipl, CSK is more consistent team than other team. Brand value of CSK is also higher than any other team. Scrapping the CSK and established RR would severly DEVALUE IPL. I want KTK, PW back to ipl bcz i love ipl.

  • on February 10, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    My dear friends, like or hating csk or as a matter of fact any other team in the ipl is one's personal decision and I don't mean to interfere in it. I hail from chennai and I just want to make one thing clear. Playing for our country comes above anything else. A good talent always gets spotted regardless of which team the player signs with. If it weren't for IPL we wouldn have got an ashwin or rahane so quickly into the national pool. What is wrong in csk retaining a player which it groomed for over a period of five years?? and speaking of selection bias please tell me if this is happening only after ipl began?? then you probably haven't followed indian cricket closely... One thing, CSK team has/had players who can single handedly win the game fairly.

  • correctcall on February 10, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    What is it about comflict of interest that Indian Cricinfo readers do not understand? Simply put - which way would Srinivasan vote ( or be expected to vote) on an issue impacting on T20 versus Test Cricket or CSK versus any other IPL franchise. His position is untenable and is not the image the ICC should be promoting for its next Chairman. Such a poor look must impact on sponsorship opportunities for cricket both at the BCCI and ICC levels. This conflict must be hitting cricket's bottom line.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on February 10, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    @strokemaker you are no problem with talented rohit sharma. Rohit is great flat track bully than raina. What dhawan is doing esp in overseas now? Rahane has been failing since his debut in odi!

  • on February 10, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Anybody who understands Cricket will know by now that Dhoni is the best cap for gulli (take the hindi meaning) cricket. I don understand how people cud term him best cap ahead of Dada, Dravid or even Azar, Sachin and Kumble

    Please save Cricket

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on February 10, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    face of csk! Everyone knews! But not the owner of csk! Srini knows how to deal with it.

  • AniketKanade on February 10, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    If owner is found guilty. team in its current form should be scrapped. But considering the aspirations of the city they belonged to, ownership of the teams should be awarded to new franchises. In essence, CSK stays, but not owned by India Cements - this would be fair an just in my opinion

  • on February 10, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    I don like CSK but pray and hope that they get a good team as that is the only way Indian team can be stronger. Afterall Indian team is 90% CSK

  • Presynaras on February 10, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @strokemaker11- That is a false understanding. Only 5 CSK players play for India currently. Dhoni has been India captain well before CSK even came into existence. Jadeja made it to Indian team, when he was playing for RR & tho he was avg initially, he is playing really well these days. Vijay was the second highest scorer for India last year ahead of Kohli, Rohit, Rahane & Dhawan & only second to Pujara. Ashwin was the fastest to 100 wkts in the world in the past 80 years. He is struggling abroad alright, but yet his contribution to team is more than 90% of the people in the team. He has played only 4 tests abroad, even Kumble & Bhajji struggled abroad initially. Raina was getting a lot of 30s & 40s & you asked him to be replaced. His replacements Rayudu & Rahane have been just as miserable as him with just 20s & 30s. At least Raina used to get quick runs, but Rayudu is scoring slowly in ODIs. I am not hating those guys from other teams. I will support them all. No preference for CSK

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on February 10, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Hey u Sarathy PB, CSK is not a team. It is an undertaking of entrepreneurs. the best t20 team in the world is the West Indies

  • mrbaddy on February 10, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @Sarathy PB, nobody here is against CSK, but hate comes against the way CSK is run. Ownership is the problem and the advantages the team gains using the inside information from BCCI is the problem. I clearly remember last auction in 2011, when rules (order of players) were changed at the last minute which allowed CSK to retain most of the previous team (Ashwin, Vijay etc) and you'll definitely acknowledge the advantages of a settled team. Personally I like CSK for its display on the field, but off the field is where i have problem with. As long as the ownership is changed or Srinivasan moves out of BCCI related controls, I have no problem supporting CSK even though I'm from Hyderabad. Just because of this conflict of interest aspect and the apparent advantages that CSK gains by it, CSK is my least supported team among all the teams while watching an IPL match....

  • strokemaker11 on February 10, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @Sarathy PB - We have no issues with CSK. But please retain all CSK players within CSK and let them not play for India anymore. People start hating CSK not because of IPL but average CSK players have started playing for India resulting in poor performance for India.

  • Presynaras on February 10, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    CSK or RR shouldn't be scrapped, but the individuals involved in corruption must be removed. I saw how awful some of my friends who were Kochi Tuskers fans felt like once their team was removed. I was nervous myself when KXIP and RR almost got scrapped a couple years ago. No team must be scrapped, so many people have spent so much of their time, money and given great space to these teams in their minds and hearts. People's emotions mustn't be played with. IPL is great for Indian cricket, just needs some tinkering here and there. I hope the administrators see the pain of fans and save both CSK and RR.

  • anton_ego on February 10, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @Rajeshj.. Are you sure? The committee was appointed by Supreme court on October 11, 2013, with a deadline of four months. So I wonder whether it was the committee which is witch-hunting CSK or the auction scheduled accordingly by the organisers..!!!

  • on February 10, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Now all CSK haters will be very happy..This is the only way they can stop CSK making the finals..What ever CSK is the best T20 team in the world and will thanks them for the awesome cricket and unity they showed...Once a CSK'ian always a one..

  • on February 10, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @Rajeshj : CSK fan? not hard to believe!!

  • Rajeshj on February 10, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    The timing of this report naturally surprises no one.. Just before an IPL semi-final or final or Champions league semi-final or final, the judiciary would suddenly be interested in CSK or RR and actions would be taken out of nowhere.. Similarly before the IPL auction, this report comes in to haunt CSK and RR.. Every one is used to it.. The Indian Judges or Police work over time on at least such specific occasions.. well done guys..

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • Rajeshj on February 10, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    The timing of this report naturally surprises no one.. Just before an IPL semi-final or final or Champions league semi-final or final, the judiciary would suddenly be interested in CSK or RR and actions would be taken out of nowhere.. Similarly before the IPL auction, this report comes in to haunt CSK and RR.. Every one is used to it.. The Indian Judges or Police work over time on at least such specific occasions.. well done guys..

  • on February 10, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @Rajeshj : CSK fan? not hard to believe!!

  • on February 10, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Now all CSK haters will be very happy..This is the only way they can stop CSK making the finals..What ever CSK is the best T20 team in the world and will thanks them for the awesome cricket and unity they showed...Once a CSK'ian always a one..

  • anton_ego on February 10, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @Rajeshj.. Are you sure? The committee was appointed by Supreme court on October 11, 2013, with a deadline of four months. So I wonder whether it was the committee which is witch-hunting CSK or the auction scheduled accordingly by the organisers..!!!

  • Presynaras on February 10, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    CSK or RR shouldn't be scrapped, but the individuals involved in corruption must be removed. I saw how awful some of my friends who were Kochi Tuskers fans felt like once their team was removed. I was nervous myself when KXIP and RR almost got scrapped a couple years ago. No team must be scrapped, so many people have spent so much of their time, money and given great space to these teams in their minds and hearts. People's emotions mustn't be played with. IPL is great for Indian cricket, just needs some tinkering here and there. I hope the administrators see the pain of fans and save both CSK and RR.

  • strokemaker11 on February 10, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @Sarathy PB - We have no issues with CSK. But please retain all CSK players within CSK and let them not play for India anymore. People start hating CSK not because of IPL but average CSK players have started playing for India resulting in poor performance for India.

  • mrbaddy on February 10, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @Sarathy PB, nobody here is against CSK, but hate comes against the way CSK is run. Ownership is the problem and the advantages the team gains using the inside information from BCCI is the problem. I clearly remember last auction in 2011, when rules (order of players) were changed at the last minute which allowed CSK to retain most of the previous team (Ashwin, Vijay etc) and you'll definitely acknowledge the advantages of a settled team. Personally I like CSK for its display on the field, but off the field is where i have problem with. As long as the ownership is changed or Srinivasan moves out of BCCI related controls, I have no problem supporting CSK even though I'm from Hyderabad. Just because of this conflict of interest aspect and the apparent advantages that CSK gains by it, CSK is my least supported team among all the teams while watching an IPL match....

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on February 10, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Hey u Sarathy PB, CSK is not a team. It is an undertaking of entrepreneurs. the best t20 team in the world is the West Indies

  • Presynaras on February 10, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @strokemaker11- That is a false understanding. Only 5 CSK players play for India currently. Dhoni has been India captain well before CSK even came into existence. Jadeja made it to Indian team, when he was playing for RR & tho he was avg initially, he is playing really well these days. Vijay was the second highest scorer for India last year ahead of Kohli, Rohit, Rahane & Dhawan & only second to Pujara. Ashwin was the fastest to 100 wkts in the world in the past 80 years. He is struggling abroad alright, but yet his contribution to team is more than 90% of the people in the team. He has played only 4 tests abroad, even Kumble & Bhajji struggled abroad initially. Raina was getting a lot of 30s & 40s & you asked him to be replaced. His replacements Rayudu & Rahane have been just as miserable as him with just 20s & 30s. At least Raina used to get quick runs, but Rayudu is scoring slowly in ODIs. I am not hating those guys from other teams. I will support them all. No preference for CSK

  • on February 10, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    I don like CSK but pray and hope that they get a good team as that is the only way Indian team can be stronger. Afterall Indian team is 90% CSK