Corruption in the IPL October 14, 2013

Probably a little bit wrong on Gurunath's CSK role - Hussey

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Hussey, the Chennai Super Kings and former Australia batsman, has said he might have been "a little bit wrong" when he wrote in his autobiography that Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested for alleged illegal betting in May, was in charge of Super Kings. Hussey also said that he has met with and apologised to N Srinivasan, the BCCI president who is the vice-chairman and managing director of the company that owns Super Kings. Hussey said they met at a team dinner where Srinivasan was present.

Speaking on the Cricket Couch podcast on ESPNcricinfo, Hussey said he would not question Srinivasan, who would "know a lot better" about who was running the IPL team. Srinivasan had distanced himself and the franchise from Gurunath - who also happens to be his son-in-law - calling him "an enthusiast". Gurunath was charged by Mumbai police last month with cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, including passing on information that compromised the team.

"Certainly Guru was around the team a lot. I knew he was talking to Kepler [Wessels, Super Kings' coach in IPL 2008] and the players, and we saw him at training and at the hotel. I didn't know what his official title was but he was around the team quite often," Hussey said. "I probably may have written the wrong thing.

"I knew he was a close part of the team, no question about that, and I saw him around the team pretty much every day. [But] I am certainly not going to question the word of Mr Srinivasan. I think he would know a lot better than me about who is running the show. So maybe I got that a little bit wrong."

Srinivasan had stepped aside from the day-to-day administration of the BCCI after Gurunath's arrest. He was cleared to resume office by the Supreme Court of India only last week, after being re-elected as BCCI chief, unopposed, at the end of September. Gurunath and Super Kings were initially cleared of "wrongdoing" by the BCCI's probe panel, but the courts have since ruled the panel to be constituted illegally and set up a fresh investigation. Part of the investigation would be to establish Gurunath's exact role at Super Kings - he 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.

Hussey's book had said: "Our owner was Indian Cements, headed by Mr Srinivasan. 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."

Hussey said he has since cleared the air with Srinivasan. "We had a team dinner where Mr Srinivasan came along," Hussey said. "I spoke to him very briefly about it and apologised if I caused him any grief. He was fine and said, 'No, don't worry, it is all fine. There is no issue with all you said. It was all written before all the controversies came out, anyway. You don't have anything to worry about.'"

Hussey said he hoped to be associated with Super Kings in some capacity even after he stops playing. "I certainly hope not [that the comments in his book would affect his relationship with the franchise]. I have a fantastic rapport with everyone at CSK. I get on very well with the coach. I get on very well with the players and have had a lot of success with CSK. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and they are a fantastic franchise. I would love to continue there in whatever capacity in the future."

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  • Anil on October 15, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    I posted earlier that Hussey was "dead meat" after commenting about Meiyappan in his book and the El Commandante's meeting with him. Is that too offensive to Moderate and post? I do not think so, unless ESPN Cricinfo are also tools of the BCCI.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    what stupidity is this?? are we fans fools to believe him now ??

  • Sharad on October 15, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    This little retraction by Hussey could impact his book sales. Wonder if he makes more in one IPL season than the total sales of his book.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Probably a little bit of pressure on Hussey by CSK officials.

  • Phil on October 15, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    @SC13159 - From the comment about ownership and trust on the "independent" committee, looks like you have no idea how things work in India.

  • vas on October 15, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    @satishchander, how can you assaign an owner? Either you are an owner or not an owner. In CSK's case india cements is the owner. It has shareholders(more than 100,000 of them). Meiyappan doesn't own any shares. To get the owners badge either you have to be an owner or a member of the management team(Srinivasan said so in his kolkatta press conference). Meiyappan was an honorary member of the management team. The Probe committee will find out what his role was.

  • sri on October 15, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Hussey didn't do anything wrong. He wrote what he felt that time but some hypocrite fans want him stick to his words. Would they do the same when they are in his shoes? As usual our media pictures everything in big mirror

  • Satish Chandar on October 15, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Nothing new.. He just did what was expected out of the book content.. Whole world knew Gurunath was the assigned owner and Team principal.. CSK retracted by saying he was not the principal and the same way, Hussey acts.. Was on expected lines only..

  • Arvind on October 15, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    @sweetspot If Gurunath has done nothing wrong, then why did his designation suddenly change from "Team Principal" to "Cricket Enthusiast"? Betting may not be a criminal offense, but as per IPL's constitution, team owners or other high ranking officials of the franchise are not supposed to do it. Read the rules first before spewing venom.

  • Senthil on October 15, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Hatred of CSK runs amok! Look at people criticizing Mr. Cricket! What's the biggest crime committed by Gurunath? Betting? Forget the charges, none have stuck! Betting attracts a paltry fine of 200 rupees and it's not even a criminal offence in India. But a lot of people simply hate CSK - the price to pay for being good, very good, at what you do. And that includes Hussey? Sad!

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