IPL news May 24, 2013

Gurunath lands in Mumbai for questioning

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Gurunath Meiyappan, a top official of the Chennai Super Kings franchise and the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, has landed in Mumbai in response to a summons by the Mumbai Police. Police officials said the summons was needed for questioning in connection with betting.

Meiyappan's status in the Super Kings franchise has become the subject of some debate. He was known so far - among senior officials in other franchises and the public at large - as the team principal and referred to as "team owner" in articles on the franchise website, but on Friday evening India Cements, the company that owns the Super Kings, issued a statement to the contrary.

"India Cements clarifies that Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan is neither the Owner, nor CEO /Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings," an Indian Cements release said. "Mr. Gurunath is only one of the Members (Honorary) of the Management Team of Chennai Super Kings.

"India Cements follows zero tolerance policy and if anyone is proved guilty, strict action will be taken immediately. India Cements assures full co-operation with BCCI and the Law Enforcement authorities."

Meiyappan, however, was a frequent presence in the Super Kings dug-out and was also at the franchise's table at IPL auctions. During the auctions it was Meiyappan who used to raise the paddle in order to place a bid, a privilege only allowed to the owners of the franchises, according to the auction rules. The bio on his verified Twitter account read 'Team Principal Chennai Super Kings' till it was changed, half an hour after the India Cements press release, to remove the CSK reference.

It is reliably learnt that Meiyappan had a gold accreditation card for the IPL, reserved for team owners. He also represented the franchise at team owners' meetings organised by the IPL and was said to be the point of contact for other franchises for any discussions over player trades and similar issues from the start of the IPL.

The police issued summons to Meiyappan on Friday to "verify certain issues raised and claims made by" Virender "Vindoo" Dara Singh, who was arrested on Tuesday in Mumbai for links with bookies.

There were reports circulating in the media since Tuesday on the proximity of Vindoo to the Super Kings franchise. Those reports, which included pictures of Vindoo watching IPL matches in the company of Super Kings captain MS Dhoni's wife, have not been denied since.

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  • bondblackberry on May 25, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    One thing I can clearly see is those who are shouting for the scraping of the csk are just Csk bashers.They don't want the team as the other teams can't win them in the cricket field!!!! Also, mumbai don't want to play chennai in the finals as they pretty well know they can't be beaten in the finals.LOL and sorry to ur over powered superstars team.

  • Alexk400 on May 25, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    N Srinivasan did no wrong. But he should sell CSK team to someone. He can be BCCI chief but his family can not be OWNERS of CSK. Peirod.

  • Bloodwrath on May 25, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Being a chennaiite and a huge CSK fan it pains for me to say that if the "honorary" is found guilty then CSK contract should be terminated and players involved should be brought to the books,at least the next year competition will be somewhat even

  • KingOwl on May 24, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    What a load of rubbish. It is clear that this guy was a big shot in the management team. He was referred to as the 'boss' by the players. Need we say more? I think this whole thing stinks to high heavens. The police needs to get to the bottom of things. Srinivasan and all his henchmen will have to be kicked out. A thorough house cleaning is essential. Cricket is bigger than these crooked individuals.

  • on May 24, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    Gurunath is an 'Honorary' member of CSK franchise. He is an 'Honorary' shareholder of Indian Cement. Wait till the BCCI chief declares that him to be the 'Honorary' son-in-law.. :D

  • CricketChat on May 24, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Given the allegations and arrest of the primary owner/face of CSK team itself, would only seem appropriate if they withdrew from the final. N Srinivasan should step down immediately post his son-in-law's arrest.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 24, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @Saradha Jitendran, I am an owner of CSK. No kidding! Actually, India Cements is the owner of CSK. They have about 1 lakh shareholders including me. N.Srinivasan, as the MD and largest shareholder of India Cements, has a huge conflict of interest serving as BCCI president. But laws were changed to allow him to serve in that capacity.

  • couchpundit on May 24, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @Rakesh K Singh - No matter what video you show, its will not be binding in court of law. If India Cements show papers he being appointed as honorary Board member thats what it is.

    The case against him will fail in court of law...purely because the error in Mumbai Police statements(which i hope is not what they give in charge sheet) is that They are considering Betting in a game of skill(in case if you did not know cricket is a game of skill and not logic) to be illegal, in same breath they do acknowledge that is not the view so far in Indian Penal Code, which is against normal procedure and requires ammendment to Indian Penal Code....which simply means the case will be thrown out after big tamasha.....Looks like Mr.Meyappan is not the Target here but casualty of War. Also Mumbai police is acting Selectively as they have openly said they are not going after Bollywood hero's and heroine's involved in it...including an yester year hero.

    Parliment will make betting legal LOL

  • robgomez on May 24, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    With all the huge sum of money legitimately made by the owners and everyone involved in the IPL, I wonder why they go for this betting syndicate? Greediness? In the bigger picture I guess BCCI should become transparent and clean.

  • CricPissu on May 24, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    "The plot thickens" - Ifthi from Dubai

  • bondblackberry on May 25, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    One thing I can clearly see is those who are shouting for the scraping of the csk are just Csk bashers.They don't want the team as the other teams can't win them in the cricket field!!!! Also, mumbai don't want to play chennai in the finals as they pretty well know they can't be beaten in the finals.LOL and sorry to ur over powered superstars team.

  • Alexk400 on May 25, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    N Srinivasan did no wrong. But he should sell CSK team to someone. He can be BCCI chief but his family can not be OWNERS of CSK. Peirod.

  • Bloodwrath on May 25, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Being a chennaiite and a huge CSK fan it pains for me to say that if the "honorary" is found guilty then CSK contract should be terminated and players involved should be brought to the books,at least the next year competition will be somewhat even

  • KingOwl on May 24, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    What a load of rubbish. It is clear that this guy was a big shot in the management team. He was referred to as the 'boss' by the players. Need we say more? I think this whole thing stinks to high heavens. The police needs to get to the bottom of things. Srinivasan and all his henchmen will have to be kicked out. A thorough house cleaning is essential. Cricket is bigger than these crooked individuals.

  • on May 24, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    Gurunath is an 'Honorary' member of CSK franchise. He is an 'Honorary' shareholder of Indian Cement. Wait till the BCCI chief declares that him to be the 'Honorary' son-in-law.. :D

  • CricketChat on May 24, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Given the allegations and arrest of the primary owner/face of CSK team itself, would only seem appropriate if they withdrew from the final. N Srinivasan should step down immediately post his son-in-law's arrest.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 24, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @Saradha Jitendran, I am an owner of CSK. No kidding! Actually, India Cements is the owner of CSK. They have about 1 lakh shareholders including me. N.Srinivasan, as the MD and largest shareholder of India Cements, has a huge conflict of interest serving as BCCI president. But laws were changed to allow him to serve in that capacity.

  • couchpundit on May 24, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @Rakesh K Singh - No matter what video you show, its will not be binding in court of law. If India Cements show papers he being appointed as honorary Board member thats what it is.

    The case against him will fail in court of law...purely because the error in Mumbai Police statements(which i hope is not what they give in charge sheet) is that They are considering Betting in a game of skill(in case if you did not know cricket is a game of skill and not logic) to be illegal, in same breath they do acknowledge that is not the view so far in Indian Penal Code, which is against normal procedure and requires ammendment to Indian Penal Code....which simply means the case will be thrown out after big tamasha.....Looks like Mr.Meyappan is not the Target here but casualty of War. Also Mumbai police is acting Selectively as they have openly said they are not going after Bollywood hero's and heroine's involved in it...including an yester year hero.

    Parliment will make betting legal LOL

  • robgomez on May 24, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    With all the huge sum of money legitimately made by the owners and everyone involved in the IPL, I wonder why they go for this betting syndicate? Greediness? In the bigger picture I guess BCCI should become transparent and clean.

  • CricPissu on May 24, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    "The plot thickens" - Ifthi from Dubai

  • on May 24, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Not to mention the increase of 300 followers within half an hour.. I just hope all this isn't reflecting the teams performance.. From a neutral perspective CSK seems to be one of the best T20 teams to have played in the IPL..

  • on May 24, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Finally. i hope from next season we can see real matches from next season.salute to mumbai police. keep up the good work ;)

  • sweetspot on May 24, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    One franchise's problems cannot undermine the entire IPL. This disowning doesn't sound very convincing, but it could be just a technicality on the constitution of the CSK, in case anything negative should come out - definitely acting on lawyers' advice I would think.

    At the moment, Gurunath Meiyappan has just been called in for questioning, so we can't presume anything based on the words of someone else. Betting is big not because of the mafia but because of many common people of India indulging in it to make quick, illegal money. Let's stop acting like the vast majority of the nation is clean and is being taken advantage of by a few people!

  • Ind_cric_lover on May 24, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    A clause in IPL, I think it is 12.3 which says that if an owner of any franchise is found to be engaged in activities which bring disrepute to the IPL then that franchise's contract will be terminated. It is beyond doubt that Gurunath is the owner/principal of CSK and this CSK should be eliminated and they cannot play the finals on sunday !

    Even if CSK might say that Gurunath is not the principal but his sheer presence in the dugout means that he is representing CSK as honorary members are not allowed in dugout. According to law the servant is representing the master and hence Guru has represented CSK and thus India Cements is liable for the action taken by him. Going by this logic the CSK should be terminated.

  • AVRAJAN on May 24, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Even if he is not the real owner, by his conduct such as participating in the auction he is the deemed owner of the CSK. This stand by the India cements has whipped even the smallest faith fans like me had in the CSK.There is a possibility that all the members of the CSK cricket team might be enquired by the authorities to find out who were there owners. That situation will lead to embarrasing results for the CSK management. Instead of taking fake stances let them face the facts and accept the results. Time for BCCi to act fast in the interest of IPL. Otherwise the cricket boards of other countries may insist their players not ot participate in IPL.

  • CricStraightTalker on May 24, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    A person who was ostensibly among the more visible faces of the franchise and was seen many times in the dugout is now utterly disowned by the franchise with respect to ownership? Which begs the question - how did they allow him inside the dugout and such free access to the captain? Do they think a mere statement to this effect will shut the questions? Clearly looks like there is panic in the strategy/ownership team and people have stopped thinking through their actions. You are on a very sticky wicket, Mr Srinivasan.

  • jackthelad on May 24, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Given the vast amounts of money washing around the IPL, and the huge public interest, I have a sad feeling this will prove to be0. only the tip of the iceberg (hope I'm wrong, cricket deserves better than this ...

  • on May 24, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Why the owner of CSK or Gurunath is asked for questioning? Why is he getting suspicious?

  • Kadiyala05 on May 24, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    I think we should keep a voting here on cricinfo to find out how many of us believe in Indian Cements Statement...!!

  • on May 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Gurunaths Name written in Cement cant be erased so easily by India Cements and CSK. There is trail of Pictorial and Video evidence which shows that he was at the Helm of the affairs of CSK... how can it be brushed off so easily. Srinivasan says he doesnt own CSK then who the hell is the owner ????

  • myselfmk on May 24, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    This whole episode is becoming more and more complicated..... Totally we can say that the public who love cricket got cheated..... It has really put some serious doubts about people(in administration and players)....... ultimately cricket and the cricket lovers are the losers:(

  • on May 24, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    the man who created IPL is Lalit Modi...They have ousted him for irregularities...Now BCCI boss is running Indian Cricket along with his very own IPL team CSK...My Voice is very clear...N.Srinivasan Should step down as BCCI president in the best Interest of Billion Indians & IPL Fans across the world

  • Cricket_Blogger_USA on May 24, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    BCCI/Srinivasan, start cleanup from your house. I agree with Saradha Jitendran that who is CSK owner? if Gurunath is nothing to do with CSK? then why he was allowing to dugouts? you denied Sir Viv Richards not allowed to dugout even though he was a officially appointed by Delhi Daredevils. Do you see conflicts of interest?

  • on May 24, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    A tired nation, confronted by low grade politics and social evil, needed a break. They needed entertainment. Hollywood had become predictable that's when IPL made its entry. Two months in summer gets consumed by this game, people are celebrating, talking, discussing in tea shops and are having a good time.

    Make no mistake neither T20 or IPL is a sport. Its a fusion of entertainment and business coming together using cricket to communicate and engage with the market. You cant snuff this out.

    Oh yes BCCI exercising power that needs to be discussed. Making an issue of betting or spot fixing is being trivial.

  • madras_boy on May 24, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Someone got arrested and pulled the name of Meiyappan in to it. All of a sudden everyone speaking about CSK and its involvement. The person may have vindicated the CSK chief just to make sure he is safe as Srini is the head of BCCI. Don't come to conclusions with out knowing the reality. Lets wait for the inquiry and also the evidence before speaking.

  • thinkgood on May 24, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Dhoni should be made the owner of CSK as he was the secret behind their success. Make Dhoni the CEO and Head of operations for CSK.

  • ksganesh100 on May 24, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    So India Cements assures full co-operation with BCCI?

    Who is the MD of India Cements? Who is President of BCCI?

    This is hilarious!

  • RSunil on May 24, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    I read that "in case Gurunath Meiyappan is arrested, BCCI chief N Srinivasan will have to step down according to the rule-book, CNN IBN quote BCCI sources as saying. The channel also said the Chennai franchise is likely to be scrapped in case Meiyappan is found guilty."Can anybody tell me if its true???

  • hagger9003 on May 24, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Who decided this press release was a good idea? If someone employed by CSK calls himself the CEO, and CSK doesn't take steps to redress it until he is questioned by police, the team just make themselves look even more foolish than they already did!

    Either he was the CEO, in which case why attempt to rewrite history, or he wasn't, in which case why did CSK call him such for so long? Like Saradha said, this just gives ammunition to those who believe that the same people who run the BCCI in effect run the most successful team. I'm gradually seeing myself becoming one of these people.

  • on May 24, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    It gets murkier by the minute. This episode is a body blow to the IPL and the credibility of people like Srinivasan and Shukla, who seem to have nothing to say. The can of worms is open and it will be a very ifficult job for the IPL to retain its credibility.

  • on May 24, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Then who is owner of CSK? If it is India cements then Srinivasan will have conflict of interest as he heads both India cements and BCCI

  • deathstar01 on May 24, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Everything is fishy. And he is the son-in-law of the BCCI president. Lolz.

  • RakeshJainB on May 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Thoroughly enjoying this feast the Indian police is providing us. The way the 3 RR weld held and the sequence of break through post that. Just loving the way police is managing to solve this mixed puzzle, handling it carefully with maximizing the evidence and exposing the teams/owners at the neck moment.(considering the timing and CSK's entry into finals). I was never a news crazy guy, but I am hooked up now to hear the mystery unfold !!!!

  • on May 24, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Damage Control by CSK. If he is indeed the CEO , CSK face termination as per the IPL rulebook. The chain of events is like a suspense novel.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    He's not the owner, he's just the Principal elect Honorary Executive Chairman of the board of members. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

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  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    He's not the owner, he's just the Principal elect Honorary Executive Chairman of the board of members. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

  • on May 24, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Damage Control by CSK. If he is indeed the CEO , CSK face termination as per the IPL rulebook. The chain of events is like a suspense novel.

  • RakeshJainB on May 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Thoroughly enjoying this feast the Indian police is providing us. The way the 3 RR weld held and the sequence of break through post that. Just loving the way police is managing to solve this mixed puzzle, handling it carefully with maximizing the evidence and exposing the teams/owners at the neck moment.(considering the timing and CSK's entry into finals). I was never a news crazy guy, but I am hooked up now to hear the mystery unfold !!!!

  • deathstar01 on May 24, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Everything is fishy. And he is the son-in-law of the BCCI president. Lolz.

  • on May 24, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Then who is owner of CSK? If it is India cements then Srinivasan will have conflict of interest as he heads both India cements and BCCI

  • on May 24, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    It gets murkier by the minute. This episode is a body blow to the IPL and the credibility of people like Srinivasan and Shukla, who seem to have nothing to say. The can of worms is open and it will be a very ifficult job for the IPL to retain its credibility.

  • hagger9003 on May 24, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Who decided this press release was a good idea? If someone employed by CSK calls himself the CEO, and CSK doesn't take steps to redress it until he is questioned by police, the team just make themselves look even more foolish than they already did!

    Either he was the CEO, in which case why attempt to rewrite history, or he wasn't, in which case why did CSK call him such for so long? Like Saradha said, this just gives ammunition to those who believe that the same people who run the BCCI in effect run the most successful team. I'm gradually seeing myself becoming one of these people.

  • RSunil on May 24, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    I read that "in case Gurunath Meiyappan is arrested, BCCI chief N Srinivasan will have to step down according to the rule-book, CNN IBN quote BCCI sources as saying. The channel also said the Chennai franchise is likely to be scrapped in case Meiyappan is found guilty."Can anybody tell me if its true???

  • ksganesh100 on May 24, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    So India Cements assures full co-operation with BCCI?

    Who is the MD of India Cements? Who is President of BCCI?

    This is hilarious!

  • thinkgood on May 24, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Dhoni should be made the owner of CSK as he was the secret behind their success. Make Dhoni the CEO and Head of operations for CSK.