Corruption in the IPL October 14, 2013

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

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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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  • POSTED BY bijja 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.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso 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.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2013, 13:05 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY PhilCkt 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.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan 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.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan 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

  • POSTED BY satishchandar 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..

  • POSTED BY WalkingWicket11 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.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot 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!

  • POSTED BY bijja 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.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso 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.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2013, 13:05 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY PhilCkt 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.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan 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.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan 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

  • POSTED BY satishchandar 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..

  • POSTED BY WalkingWicket11 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.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot 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!

  • POSTED BY Aspraso on | October 15, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    Besides his knowledge of cricket, Hussey sure also knows which side his bread is buttered.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | October 15, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    I hope Srinivasan gets really upset with this and does not pick Hussey for CSK next year. Then possibly some smaller team can take him and make the tournament more even. Hussey and Dhoni are the two best players in the CSK team-if any of them leave, the team has no hope of competing against the better teams. (Raina is effective, but without Dhoni to back him as captain, or Hussey to provide the initial platform , may not perform as well)

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    rahul dravid and mike hussey are two real gentleman of cricket and i would add sanga as well. but hussey or rest of the cricketers of csk will like to see cricket played with out these kind of interuptions. whether gurunath was part of csk or not i think what is important is fans need to watch a good game of cricket more than gurunaths role in csk. if cricket is allowed to be played as just cricket it wud be more nice. nowadays there is so much hatred between the sri lankan and indian fans and it is sad to see that once these two nations were very close to each other during 96 world cup but now fans are spreading hatred. i think we should learn to appreciate and give respect where its due no matter which country you are from. we will always miss the good old days of saching dravid kumble, wasim waqar aravinda... they were truly cricket players who played for the sake of the game

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | October 14, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    No Hussey you were absolutely correct what you wrote in the book, but you are also correct in withdrawing your remarks and apologizing as CSK is the source of your bread butter and in present day cricket no one can afford to upset Mr. Srinivasan. Look at SA cricket board.

  • POSTED BY TengaZool on | October 14, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Read what you like in it. But one thing is certain - except a small minority, no one is immune to the lure of money, perks and securing their long term career. This far we have had a lot of people bashing Indian commentators and players for toeing the BCCI line to ensure their long term future with Indian cricket. Well, Huss just proved that this behaviour transcends country or culture.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    This actually confirms what Hussey originally said. That some censorious power-crazed non-cricketer is running a cricket business

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 14, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Independent committee is going to probe all the matters related to gurunath. Their findings will be known in 4 months time. If gurunath is found not guilty of betting it will be irrelavant what role gurunath had in the CSK management.

  • POSTED BY Adoh on | October 14, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Innocent comments from Mike. If the Indian franchises demonstrated clear administrative structures based on integrity and merit based selection, instead of nepotism, mistakes like this would be less likely to happen. Once again, we see disparaging overblown hot headed remarks based nit-picking in a transparent attempt to avoid the real issue.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    "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."

    that's what Hussey says, I don't think he's saying anything wrong still.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    disappointing Huss, you proved to be another normal person

  • POSTED BY rcmaiden on | October 14, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    It's heart-breaking to c many comments doubting the credibility of Mr.Cricket. If there was ever a cricketer to equal Dravid's "gentlemanly" qualities, it's Hussey. He's probably the most objective Australian cricketer that i've seen so far, not swayed by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts. For a person who has proved beyond a doubt that he's one of the finest cricketers to ever step on the cricket field(and also a very good human being off the field), I dont c any reason for him to take, and i quote, a "u-turn". All he did was clarify what he wrote in his autobiography which, as always, was inappropriately blown out of proportion by the Indian media(no surprises there!!!). Understandably, it's hard to digest for all the anti-CSK fans!!! well too bad!!! live with it!!! As an ardent CSK fan, it's really heart warming to c how much he loves the CSK franchise. Hope he sticks with us forever!!!

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 on | October 14, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Well done Hussey, We would like to see you for another 3 year at least opening for CSK.

  • POSTED BY Rohit-Sen on | October 14, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Et tu Mr Cricket! This is very sad... Husseys and Dravids are the conscience of cricket.. Didn't expect Mr Cricket to end up toeing the line...

  • POSTED BY MrCricketFan1981 on | October 14, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    @arun105Citt and @OzHorse - Can't believe your bashing a man like Mike Hussey. You guys are the kind that just like bad mouthing ppl every chance you get...my god. He is not taking any U-turn or being pathetic. He is being a man and being taking responsibility for his mistake, which guys like you can never do in life. All he said was the management guys know better than a player (himself) the position of a person in the franchise. The actual fact may or may not be true, but he is absolutely right about saying he "probably made a mistake" - which means it may or may not be a mistake. Give a break to bashing great cricketers and good men.

  • POSTED BY PhilCkt on | October 14, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    There were only two ways for this story to end, but I was expecting the alternate ending where Hussey is left out of the draft by all teams in next year's auction.

  • POSTED BY arun105Citt on | October 14, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I never expect a U-turn from you Hussey who retired bcoz of dispute in the Oz team. Everyone knows about Gurunath role atleast the power he had by respresenting auction and entry to the dressing rooms. you are losing the respect of millions of ur fans by this comments.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Next year IPL contract Secure....

  • POSTED BY OzHorse on | October 14, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Hussey trying to save his hide - a bit pathetic really. A 'team enthusiast' does not sit at the Auction table! Hussey, have the courage to be honest - even if certain despotic administrators don't.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Srinivasan Strikes Back 8).Havent seen any politician or businessman who wins every minor or major battle he has fought so emphatically like this man.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 14, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    why the ipl players comentators and coaches etc are so scared of ipl and bcci chairmens there is something called freedom of speech just like erailer on i was reading about how sanjay manjreker tweeted how he is not part of the current IND v AUS series and then quickly took the tweet off and how danny morrinson and a fellow cimmentator kept refering to kholi as the future captain i can understand people like shastri and gavasger being biased commentaters thats why i hate liesting to them as it was wtitten in the article that catches were dropped by kholi and dhoni but they said they were half chances lol kholi got the ball in his hands and then went for a second attempt to catch it how is that half chance Tony craig ,bill lawery, nasir hussain, geff boycott are the best commentators in the world all the others that are on bcci or ipl pay roll who have ruined cricket and made it so boring to watch

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 14, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    The meek clarification effort attempts to control damage. I think that may not be enough to retain Hussey for next year's IPL. That does not mean another team won't be interested in him, but not CSK (assuming he still wants to play).

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | October 14, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    dont worry hussey, you were not wrong before and also now. Media that hyped your comments, and also you never used a word 'principal'. Gurunath might had control (in capacity) as a 'kin'. This is 'normal' in country like india, where relatives always had a role owner's firm. He was self claimed principal, and not a owner. India cements is a pubic company, srini is head. That's all. Good to see clarification from you.

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  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | October 14, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    dont worry hussey, you were not wrong before and also now. Media that hyped your comments, and also you never used a word 'principal'. Gurunath might had control (in capacity) as a 'kin'. This is 'normal' in country like india, where relatives always had a role owner's firm. He was self claimed principal, and not a owner. India cements is a pubic company, srini is head. That's all. Good to see clarification from you.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 14, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    The meek clarification effort attempts to control damage. I think that may not be enough to retain Hussey for next year's IPL. That does not mean another team won't be interested in him, but not CSK (assuming he still wants to play).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 14, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    why the ipl players comentators and coaches etc are so scared of ipl and bcci chairmens there is something called freedom of speech just like erailer on i was reading about how sanjay manjreker tweeted how he is not part of the current IND v AUS series and then quickly took the tweet off and how danny morrinson and a fellow cimmentator kept refering to kholi as the future captain i can understand people like shastri and gavasger being biased commentaters thats why i hate liesting to them as it was wtitten in the article that catches were dropped by kholi and dhoni but they said they were half chances lol kholi got the ball in his hands and then went for a second attempt to catch it how is that half chance Tony craig ,bill lawery, nasir hussain, geff boycott are the best commentators in the world all the others that are on bcci or ipl pay roll who have ruined cricket and made it so boring to watch

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Srinivasan Strikes Back 8).Havent seen any politician or businessman who wins every minor or major battle he has fought so emphatically like this man.

  • POSTED BY OzHorse on | October 14, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Hussey trying to save his hide - a bit pathetic really. A 'team enthusiast' does not sit at the Auction table! Hussey, have the courage to be honest - even if certain despotic administrators don't.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Next year IPL contract Secure....

  • POSTED BY arun105Citt on | October 14, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I never expect a U-turn from you Hussey who retired bcoz of dispute in the Oz team. Everyone knows about Gurunath role atleast the power he had by respresenting auction and entry to the dressing rooms. you are losing the respect of millions of ur fans by this comments.

  • POSTED BY PhilCkt on | October 14, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    There were only two ways for this story to end, but I was expecting the alternate ending where Hussey is left out of the draft by all teams in next year's auction.

  • POSTED BY MrCricketFan1981 on | October 14, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    @arun105Citt and @OzHorse - Can't believe your bashing a man like Mike Hussey. You guys are the kind that just like bad mouthing ppl every chance you get...my god. He is not taking any U-turn or being pathetic. He is being a man and being taking responsibility for his mistake, which guys like you can never do in life. All he said was the management guys know better than a player (himself) the position of a person in the franchise. The actual fact may or may not be true, but he is absolutely right about saying he "probably made a mistake" - which means it may or may not be a mistake. Give a break to bashing great cricketers and good men.

  • POSTED BY Rohit-Sen on | October 14, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Et tu Mr Cricket! This is very sad... Husseys and Dravids are the conscience of cricket.. Didn't expect Mr Cricket to end up toeing the line...