IPL news May 23, 2013

Mumbai Police summons top CSK official

ESPNcricinfo staff

The IPL crisis has taken a new twist with Mumbai Police summoning a top Chennai Super Kings official, Gurunath Meiyappan, to its Crime Branch for questioning in connection with betting. He is expected to appear between 11 am and 5 pm on Friday after the police rejected his request for an extension until Monday.

The news is embarrassing - and potentially damaging - for the IPL and its parent body the BCCI, given that Meiyappan is the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, whose company India Cements owns the Super Kings franchise. Meiyappan's exact designation is unclear at this point but his twitter handle says "team principal" and he has been a regular on the team dugout during matches and at the franchise table during the IPL auctions.

Television visuals on Friday morning showed Meiyappan leaving Srinivasan's house in Kodaikanal, a hill resort town where the BCCI chief has been spending the last few days.

The summons was affixed to the door of Meiyappan's Chennai residence and been served to, and accepted by, a manager at the Super Kings office.

"We need to verify certain issues raised and claims made by Vindoo Dara Singh during his interrogation," the joint commissioner of police Himanshu Roy said. "It may be necessary to confront Meiyappan with Vindoo to verify whether there is any truth in the latter's claims. It is obvious that if Vindoo was merely socialising with him, we would not have summoned Meiyappan."

There was no official statement by the franchise.

However, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla did speak briefly on the issue. "The Mumbai and Delhi Police are competent authorities and let them finish the investigations before jumping to any conclusions," he said, when asked whether Srinivasan should step down from the post of BCCI president accepting moral responsibility for the crisis. "How can you term anyone guilty before the investigations are completed? Let the police report be submitted and then we will be in a better position to talk further."

The development followed reports circulating in the media since Tuesday on the proximity of Virender "Vindoo" Dara Singh, who was arrested that day in Mumbai for links with bookies, 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, were not denied in the 48 hours since.

Later in the evening Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's general manager (cricket development), met Mumbai Police's joint commissioner Himanshu Roy. It was learnt that the meeting was primarily to seek Mumbai police's cooperation in the BCCI's internal investigation of the case against suspended cricketers. The Supreme Court had on Tuesday directed the BCCI to complete the internal inquiry within 15 days.

The police crackdown on bookies continued in other parts of the country. In Kolkata, ten people, including one bookie, were arrested for being allegedly involved in cricket betting. "We have arrested 10 people, including a bookie last night. We are investigating thecase. They will be produced before a court today [Friday]," deputy commissioner Santosh Pandey told PTI.

Initial investigations said they had bet on a match between Mumbai Indians and Super Kings.

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  • Adrian on May 24, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    In the wake of this incident all respective cricket boards needs to withdraw all current players from this tarnished tournament. I am sure the boards do benefit from the IPL yet until current issues are sorted out players should not participate and should withdraw on their own accord. I am sure the financial aspect matters but at what cost? cost of the game of cricket and the innocent public/fans who suuport there teams by coming in numbers.

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Finally viewing public got deceived from this money rich IPL!!!true spirit of cricket had faded in Big time..Strange why ICC still keep silence..true colors of IPL has revealed..

  • majid on May 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Dont people understand that:

    ICC = BCCI

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Let's hope that, finally, we can separate the IPL from the real sport of cricket. The whole thing is a shambles and I desperately hope the IPL is left in tatters after this and we can all get back to watching the game we know and love so dearly.

  • udaya on May 24, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    T-20 cricket is just like a boly wood movie. Producer,director, actors,choreographers every body knows the story.Still people enjoy the picture even if they know every thing is pre planned acting and not a areal life.

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Yeah their mumbai police's approach is appreciatable, they should look for some big fish in this case. because IPL is not just for money it's also bringing too much young talent as well. But here ICC's approach has made many questions in my mind. Too much drama is taking place but ICC is like a silent spactater. She was not taking interest in the matter. But as soon as Asad Rauf's Involvement came here in beaked his silence.

  • hibbatur on May 24, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    I am afraid corruption in IPL is rampant from day 1, however it has been swept under the carpet because its the biggest money spinner in the world. I am sorry to see the deafening silence from ICC!!

  • aditya on May 24, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Hight profile players should make themselves out of this IPL until this is clean.

  • jayaesh on May 24, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    BCCI has to take more substantive and definitive action and engage an outside agency to investigate instead of inaction and sielence, however i disagree with view of certain section of media who say IPL is only indulging in these activities and saying international cricket is squeaky clean .One has to realise this is a cricket problem not an IPL problem alone, even if IPL was to be banned all these criminal elements like corrupt bookies would move to corrupt international cricket from IPL as if they are not corrupted from before .... , so the problem remains it is just the medium will change ....i am no fan of CSK but don't give up on them because of this guru bloke ,CSK has played some fantastic and IMO clean cricket so don't question the players..

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Sports is infected with this virus of corruptions!! Feeling so sorry for all cricket sports lovers , even I have not watched the last five ipl matches on tv !

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