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The IPL rules Gurunath broke

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February 10, 2014

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The IPL probe committee, led by Justice Mukul Mudgal, concluded that Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, was a Chennai Super Kings team official. The report said Gurunath had violated sections of the IPL Operational Rules, the IPL Anti-Corruption Code, and the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials, as listed below.


Chennai Super Kings CEO, Gurunath Meiyappan with MS Dhoni and Ben Hilfenhaus, May 12, 2012
Gurunath Meiyappan violated three articles of the IPL Anti-Corruption Code © AFP
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IPL Operations Rules (for bringing the game into disrepute)

Section 2.2.1: Each franchisee shall procure that its team shall in good faith compete to the best of its ability in the League in general and in each match in which its team participates.

Section 2.14: Each person subject to these operational rules shall not, whether during a match or otherwise, act or omit to act in any way which would or might reasonably be anticipated to have an adverse affect on the image and/or reputation of such person, any team, any player, any team official, the BCCI, the League and/or the game or which would otherwise bring any of the foregoing into disrepute.

IPL Anti-Corruption Code (betting)

Articles 2.2.1: Placing, accepting, laying or otherwise entering into any bet with any other party (whether individual, company or otherwise) in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any match or event.

Articles 2.2.2: Soliciting, including, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging, facilitating or authorising any other party to enter into a bet for the direct or indirect benefit of the participant in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any match or event.

Articles 2.2.3: Ensuring the occurrence of a particular incident in a match or event, which occurrence is to the participant's knowledge the subject of a bet and for which he/she expects to receive or has received any reward.

IPL Code of Conduct for players and team officials (for bringing the game into disrepute)

Article 2.4.4: Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either; (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.

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Posted by baghels.a on (February 11, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

@JNKI,i am so glad you brought up Juventus as an example, me and my mates were discussing exactly the same yesterday but there is a vital difference as in case of Juventus and more recently Turkish club Fenerbache it was proven that the owners of those clubs were trying to directly influence the result of matches in there favour and thus harming the chances of there rivals while here in CSK case it is no where proven Meiyappan tried to influence the result of CSK or any of the rivals, allegations are that he simply bet on outcome of these matches.So in my humble view CSK as a sporting unit should not be suspended but the current owners should be suspended and banned for life, in simple terms CSK remains as a brand but the ownership is taken away from India Cements and they be replaced by a new set of owners..

Posted by JNKI on (February 11, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

When teams like Juventus were suspended from the Italian Football League, why not suspend CSK

It is but fair to suspend. Punishment should be severe to ensure no one else repeats it.

Once the investigation is complete and players abetting have been identified, they should be banned for life and all records annulled

Srinivas should be suspended from holding all positions on BCCI and representing BCCI outside India till investigation is completed

One of the oft-used excuse they will come up with is BCCI is not a government body and is a private body, so on and so forth. If they bring it up again, they should be decreed not to represent India or use that name in Cricket and it should be private team representing BCCI. It should not also be called Indian Cricket.

It has to be dealt with severely and also SWIFTLY

Posted by MiddleStump on (February 11, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

Gurunath and Kundra have both violated Articles 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 by their own admission. Each had an atrocious excuse for doing so. Gurunath stating he was not an owner, and Kundra claiming he didn't know betting was illegal in India. Therefore both individuals must be punished. However, there is no need to punish the entire teams or their fans by dissolving the Super Kings and the Royals. As an extreme, both teams could be forcibly sold to new owners in an auction for the highest price and a significant amount levied as fines against the current owners.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

Why Ban CSK??, sell the whole team to a new owner and that will solve the issue!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

I support the banning of CSK now. On RR, lets wait for the deeper probe that was suggested. Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan always carried an ID card which stated him as the Team Owner and how the hell can BCCI issue that ID when he was an Owner. The fact is he had the ID card that stated him to be the owner and what more do we want as a proof that he was associated with CSK. Do even cricket enthusiasts get an ID card stating to be Team Owner, then please even I need one!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 10, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

I am sure CSK and RR will live on with new owners. Why punish the teams and their loyal fans because of some stupid people ? WHY ? CSK and RR have produced some amazing cricket over the last 6 years. Both teams have a good brand value with global fan base. Both teams should remain in the league. Let the people responsible for them change. That's how it should be done, that's how it's done in the USA, Canada and other franchise based sports cultures. LEARN from them.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

CSK should be banned for good. If not then atleast a major fine and 3 year suspension. If action was taken against Pune and Kochi then why not Chennai?

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

If CSK is banned then viewership is gone and so does IPL. Surely I will quit watching it.

Posted by anton_ego on (February 10, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

@thinkgood. The Supreme court convened this probe panel on October 11, 2013, with a deadline of four months to submit the report. So the panel's timing doesn't smell odd, but the auction timing does. And Mr. Mudgal is a reputed lawyer and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and it's a shame on our part to question his integrity.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 16:39 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!

Posted by thinkgood on (February 10, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

I don't think a IPL team can be banned because an official broke IPL rule. These are by-laws and do not constitute as law of the land. I would be sad to see CSK and RR banned from IPL because they have been the most successful teams in the IPL. I am also surprised at the timing of the release of this report. Why was it not released earlier... why when IPL auction is about to open up this week ? Smells odd.

Posted by dabbadubba on (February 10, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

I just read the mudgal report thats uploaded in cricinfo, and frankly can admit that the report is substandard and does not look like the work of eminent judges, any college dropout could have written it.. wonder how the supreme court of india can take any decision based on that rubbish.

Posted by inswing on (February 10, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

We know that nothing will come of this. "Gurnath is not affiliated with CSK and even if he was he is now not, so there is nothing to be done". No punishment for CSK, no nothing. Rules do not apply to administrator. IPL rules and ethics are a joke, and we know it.

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (February 10, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

I wish Pawar wont let go Srini easily on this...for the sake of cricket, let's hope this IPL dies...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

chennai super kings will be banned from ipl or not

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