Corruption in IPL February 10, 2014

Six astonishing lines from the Mudgal report

ESPNcricinfo staff
The report of the IPL Probe Committee, headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal, revealed some insights into the workings of the IPL that need to be read to be believed

  • Nebulous ownership: The Committee in relation to IPL franchisees in general and Mr. Meiyappan in particular questioned Mr. Sundar Raman as to who an owner of a team is, to which he replied that the ownership structures of teams are in general ambiguous. Mr. Raman further stated that the term "owner" for the purpose of accreditation is loosely used and has no implication, while identifying an owner under the franchise agreement. He further stated that the status of an ultimate owner is not clear, but may be read as per the Franchise Agreement. Mr. Raman also admitted that the IPL Governing Council had not made any effort to determine who the ultimate owners of the franchisees were.

  • Gurunath's role: Representatives of India Cements, who appeared before the Committee, contended that Mr. Meiyappan had no share holding in India Cements and hence cannot be considered as an owner of CSK. Further, Mr. MS Dhoni, Mr. N Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that Mr. Meiyappan, had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting CSK.

  • Kundra on betting: The Delhi Police further informed us on interrogation they gathered that Mr. Raj Kundra, being a UK citizen believed betting to be legal in India. However, the Committee finds the stand taken by Mr. Kundra unbelievable and needless to state ignorance of the law and the relevant regulations cannot be a ground to escape liability by Mr. Kundra.

  • Sarcastic reply: The Committee however posed a specific query to him [Kundra] in relation to his confessional statement made before the Delhi Police under Section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which was subsequently withdrawn by him, wherein he had admitted to betting in the IPL. In response Mr. Kundra stated, that he had made the purported confession under Section 161, only while responding to a query from the Delhi Police, wherein he was informed that his friend Mr. Goenka had made a statement stating that Mr. Kundra was in the habit of betting. Mr. Kundra told us that while he was responding to the police, he said that "If Umesh Goenka has said it, it must be true", which was in fact a sarcastic statement made by Mr. Kundra and felt that it was highly unethical for it to be released to the press, by Delhi Police. Mr. Kundra told us that he consequently withdrew the statements made under Section 161 of CPC.

  • Who knew in ACU? It is abundantly clear that as per the Anti-Corruption Code the scope of investigation of the BCCI's ACU was wider. In so far ACSU of ICC is concerned Mr. Y.P. Singh informed the Committee that information was available with Mr. N.S. Virk whereas Mr. Virk stated that the information if any was available with Mr. Y.P. Singh.

  • Gurunath's role, Pt 2: The Committee is of the view that Mr. Meiyappan was accredited/authorised (though implicit at times) by the Franchise Owner i.e. India Cements, to participate and be present when various crucial decisions were taken in relation to CSK. One such example of authorisation is, the fact that India Cements themselves forwarded accreditation requests for Mr. Meiyappan, every year for the last six seasons, requesting for grant of accreditation access cards in the name of Mr. Meiyappan under different nomenclatures (i.e. Owner and Management).

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  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Srinavasan is head of highest level committee of cricket, as he is very pious & nice gentleman. He has support of most cricket association in the India and all over the world.

    He is taking cricket to different level, level which has never been achieved. He has made the changes (supported by major & most cricket boards of the world) which will helped cricket evolved much faster and better which has never been happened in more than 100 years of cricket history.

    Plz give him some time in ICC, he will evolved ICC like he did for Chennai Super Kings.

  • Kandaswamy on February 12, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    It is unfair to balme Mr.Srinivasan for all the rubbish that is surrounding IPL match fixing. As a BCCi president and ICC chairman elect, he has done many good things for the game taking the stewardship steps from Mr.Dalmiya, showing the ICC how to make profits and taking the game to the grass root development level aborad and also in India. Only mistake he has done is his associating himself with CSK franchise, ehich he shoudl pull out from that rut and concentrate more on administrating the cricket body

  • Jo on February 11, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Probably Gurunath is not as slave as Mr Singh... mostly because he knew how to quench his desires silently. Poor Singh has to be ideal example of being a pawn of worthless party wanted to rule the country by divide and conquer.... Wait.... something very similar term we refer to somebody from west who looted the country until 65 yrs ago.... wait.... people still have the same situation... in fact worst than 65 yrs ago

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Our ex cricketers including Shastry , Gavaskar and some others ( take out Dravid , Sourav and Laxnan )are mere pawns of the big corporate known as BCCI . BCCI under Srinivasan and India cements is a farce in a democracy like India and this commercial house , the way it us being is being run now , has become the greatest threat to the survival of the beautiful game not only in India but in the world. Some of the cricketers and businessmen are playing with the passions of the millions like us. BCCI should be revamped and IPL should be stopped this year. If at all its run it should be run in a different format under a different body in future. Its becoming too much and fans will soon run out if patience looking at these unbearable events.

  • Mohammad on February 11, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    I expect Srinivasan to get away with this situation as well.

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    I think they should now officially change the name of India Cricket team to India Cements...

  • virang on February 11, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    i think ms dhoni should step down from Indian team captaincy and from the Indian team on moral ground or he must be banned.

  • dr. rameez on February 11, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    it only takes a few good men not doing anything for the evil ones to get away with what ever they do.... i heard it some wer recently n find it very true in the case of ipl .... MS DHONI ravi shastri sunil gavaskar and every one who is in the position of making a difference and everyone who has chosen to remain silent is a culprit here...... it is very ironical that CSK people say the person who was bidding on dere behalf in all the auctions was justa mere enthusiast.......

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    mr srinivasan, after going through this, may we kindly request you to submit your resignation and get out of cricket administration ???

  • Himanshu on February 11, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    BCCI has 'officially' made cricket all about money. The first step that government of India or the courts should take is to scrap BCCI as an institution and all other sports federations as well. A law should be passed on structure, organization and working of all sports bodies in the country, with special mention of their priorities. Development of the sport and sportsperson should be the number one objective of all sports bodies. Finally in order to minimize political interference no active politician (i.e. member of any state or national party) be allowed to take any part in the functioning of any sport federation. Only then will we have a clean sports culture and see ourselves grow as a true sporting power in the world.

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