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Mumbai Police summons top CSK official

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May 23, 2013

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Chennai Super Kings CEO, Gurunath Meiyappan with MS Dhoni and Ben Hilfenhaus, May 12, 2012
Gurunath Meiyappan has been summoned by the Crime Branch in Mumbai © AFP

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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Posted by AJAJV 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.

Posted by   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..

Posted by Majid_Sweden on (May 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Dont people understand that:


Posted by   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.

Posted by udayanavada 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by keptalittlelow 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!!

Posted by rockyyy on (May 24, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

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

Posted by baghels.a 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..

Posted by   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 !

Posted by Romenevans on (May 24, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

According to contract of every franchise, if franchise officials or any administrator found guilty of betting and fixing, he will not only be punished but the whole franchise will be dismantled. Is that correct if im not mistaken? If that is right, then will it happen or the rules will be changed again? Interesting times ahead.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 24, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

@Naresh28 - Could't agree with you more. Samson is from Kerala, Sachin Baby and SreeSanth too, in RR squad they were all together, now just imagine what would be going through Samson's mind given he is just an 18 year old baby. I can't imagine something similar happening to people close to me. Such a devastating situation.

Posted by Ubaidaleem on (May 24, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

It will be interesting to see how big corporates like PEPSI would justify their association with plagued league. They use to take great pride on Ethical responsibilities... I smell a carefully crafted, politically correct legal scape.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

@Posted by Kavindeven on (May 24, 2013, 4:01 GMT). You wrote: I hope mighty people who are involved in it will be caught and won't be buried under the carpet as always. Good job Mumbai and Delhi police.

I have doubts about your last sentence. Why these double standards? One for the minions and another for the big fish! They kept everything in a huh-hush manner, till the three cricketers are caught red-handed, without giving them any inkling that they are going to be trapped. But when it comes to guys like Gurunath, they announce from the roof-tops, even before they reach at Chennai or post the summence on Gurunath's door. It is almost like giving the biggies enough time to..." 'clean up all the trails' before we reach you"... or "find a fool-proof escape route, fast". It just doesn't seem to be right!

Posted by Naresh28 on (May 24, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

IPL is going to ruin a good young talent like SAMSON. What is it teaching him? BCCI should be aware of what the world thinks of them right now. If they dont clean up their mess, it is going to ruin cricket. We the fans feel "CHEATED" with what is going on in the IPL.

Posted by drsaadi on (May 24, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

look at ICC behavior towards ipl scam. when you compare this scam with that of three pakistani players scam you will understand that bcci has such a hold on icc..... ICC IS SO BIASED...

Posted by mashmish on (May 24, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

it's over....... IPL has taken away the "Gentleman's" tag from cricket - in India....

Posted by Ubaidaleem on (May 24, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

I watch IPL with the same perspective as WWE. It is not sports it is entertainment....

Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (May 24, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

The comments here represent the most extraordinary I have ever read about the cricket on CricInfo. The saddest ones are also the shortest, e.g.: "I don't like cricket now :( " Does this mark the beginning of the end for IPL or even the entire sport? As much as the police have already done, their work is becoming very difficult as the rats scurry to escape or use power/influence to wriggle off the hook. The class divide has opened wide with pre-emptive punishment for accused players & kid-glove treatment for the Great Men in the Sky Boxes. T20 is terribly vulnerable to corruption due to hype, money, and so few deliveries per match -- each spot fix can determine the outcome. It is indeed high time for constitutional changes that end blatant conflict of interest & set standards with real teeth. Were it only greedy players, the resolution would be fairly easy. It is a culture of gambling & ordinary punters that feed this fire daily. Consider stopping; my faith tells me not to start

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

LillianThomson nails it perfectly. India in general is so corrupt that it is impossible to keep the IPL and other Indian endeavors of a similar magnitude corruption free. This is also why the Indian Olympic Association and the Indian Boxing Federation have now banned which means as of now India will not be able to participate in the Olympics and in Boxing. It seems wherever India is involved corruption isn't far behind and I'm an Indian myself.

Posted by TATTUs on (May 24, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Its going higher and higher. The more higher it goes, more loose the case becomes. I dont understand why the police are opening up to the media like anything, especially Mumbai police. This guy said this, this guy said that etc etc. Ultimately all this doesnt matter, what you produce in court matters. So please dont blabber in front of media each and everything that you are getting and try to forge a strong case.

Posted by imransaheb on (May 24, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

It is not only IPL that should be scrutinised.All competitive cricket worldwide is stage managed these days.It is obvious from the way the matches are played and teams perform.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (May 24, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

It really beats my imagination on why these big shots do such things? They already have crores or millions or billions (beyond a point the zeros really doesn't matter), they can buy whatever they want with what they already have, they have a good going business which will give them all the challenge that they need to keep their brain active and still they get involved in such cheap illegal activities. If they want thrills, let them climb everest, do deep sea diving or paragliding or trekking but this is just disgusting.

Posted by joelaugustine on (May 24, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

Why the police is advertising before they are going to arrest these big guns? Police did a fair job in the case of Sreesanth as they've don everything secretly and didn't give him a chance to get away.However in this case it seems like police is giving a warning to the accused that "we are coming for you,get the heck out of the trap if you would like to".

Posted by Romenevans on (May 24, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

I hope mighty people who are involved in it will be caught and won't be buried under the carpet as always. Good job Mumbai and Delhi police.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 24, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

BCCI chief said BCCI and IPL are fine its the "dirty cricketers" who are to blame. This was in Karan Thapar's program on CNN IBN. His comment was not about 3 cricketers but cricketers being dirty in general. Do the cricketers , particularly the senior ones have no shame and self respect at all and still continue to play? I am not so sure the yester year cricketers would have done (Kapil Dev, Vinoo Mankad, Pataudi...). But then today its all about money and greed and not cricket and national pride.

Posted by JustAnObservation on (May 24, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

Rajiv Shukla says. "The Mumbai and Delhi Police are competent authorities and let them finish the investigations before jumping to any conclusions" and "How can you term anyone guilty before the investigations are completed? Sir, then why jump to conclusions in the case of three cricketers and suspend them instantly?

Now Mr. Srinivasan will be a defendant as well as a judge given his position as the BCCI chief. Is is not conflict of interest?

Mr. Asad Rauf is under the scanner for not calling a no-ball in a critical match. By that yardstick, too many decisions should come under the scanner.

I still find it hard to believe that the betting 'business' running into thousands of crores of rupees was run only on the help of just three players, two of which are relatively unknown and their place in the playing eleven was always doubtful.

In fact each match, this year & of previous editions, should be scanned thoroughly and God knows how many skeletons will tumble out.

Time for SC to act

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

I think the IPL has run its course. How many controversies are needed, how can we be guaranteed the competition has been fair when we have seen corruption, withdrawls and cancellations of teams.

Has cricket benefited from this short game? Beyond South Africa and England...batting has looked very average as players chase the glory of wearing the jesters hat in the circus called IPL.

Posted by LillianThomson on (May 24, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

I live in Australia, where the channel that holds IPL rights doesn't even bother to show it because no-one is interested in watching.

It is generally assumed here that IPL cannot be protected against corruption because of T20's nature, the universality of corruption in India and the excessive commercialisation of the IPL product. Feedback from Australians who play IPL to their family and friends broadly supports this.

As if IPL wasn't already at high enough risk of corruption, the BCCI has blocked the implementation of Lord Woolf's independent governance review, with the result that cricket remains governed in a manner which Transparency International has described as falling far below acceptable standards, let alone best-practice standards, and facilitating corruption in cricket.

As long as the BCCI's commercial power allows it to obstruct proper governance practices in cricket, these examples of Conflicts of Interest and examples of corruption in cricket will continue.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

I hope whatever truth is comes out.Whoever is invoved needs to brought to the justice.If its Srinivasan , Mayyapan or any big cricket star needs to be punished.Mumbai Police or Delhi police please do not stop your investigation or go slow on your investigation.Let the truth come out . We all know all this rich guys will somehow manage to escape if they are found guilty.I hope that does not happen and everyone is brought to justice !!!

Posted by whippingBails on (May 23, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

Looks like Mumbai police is brining the cows home. Well done Mumbai & Delhi police. Hope they continue to do the good job for the sake of cricket and its fans.

Posted by jackthelad on (May 23, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

It is not a 'burning issue', nor is the IPL. The Indian board have had many years of criticism from every other nation to get their house in order, they have chosen not to do so, the chickens at last are coming home to roost. The IPL was always a money-fired nonsense, and ultimately its own cash-fired ethos has betrayed it; the Indian position on various initiatives by other nations has now rebounded on them; the world can see the corruption at the heart of Indian cricket. What more will it take before they are thrown out of the ICC?

Posted by Batmanindallas on (May 23, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

Gurunath will be absolved....I am sure calls are being placed right now

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (May 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Thanks to ESPNcricinfo staff for allowing to comment on such a buring issue in cricket world right now. I was reading other news and you didn't allow to post a comment. I was curious about how other cricket fans are thinking or feeling about this very sad development in IPL. Let me tell you my fellow Indian fans, IPL is a fantastic idea and a geat success until now, because of this episode. I hope Indian govt if not BCCI takes a tough stance and cleans this mess ASAP.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

the beginning of the end for the IPL

Posted by sportofpain on (May 23, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

@JerryVV - Agree with you. @Sweetspot - the conflict of interest is clear. BCCI has as its goal the smooth administration of Cricket in India including the IPL- that includes managing the player auctions fairly/ smoothly. CSK's goal is to win the IPL. They would like to get the best players and keep them for as long as they can. So if BCCI makes a rule that after every two years there should be a new auction it might not be in CSK's interest. So the conflict becomes apparent.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (May 23, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

@Wacco: Yeah right as though all Australian and English fans understand better. Dont stereotype a huge mass.

Posted by RR_Dravid_Fan on (May 23, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

@Sweetspot....its not liking holding shares in a subsidiary...its like SEBI Chief being CEO of one of the listed entities in the country. BCCI is the regulator that decides all the rules of IPL. how much an IPL team can buy, how much they can spend. How much they need to pay. Its surprising that people are still not clear about the conflict of interest in this.

Posted by sweetspot on (May 23, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

@JerryV - What is the conflict of interest exactly with a BCCI official owning an IPL team? Isn't it just like a company CEO owning stocks of a subsidiary? Does he have anything undue to gain by being both? Or is there anything he can slant in his team's favour because of his position in the BCCI? As far as I know, "conflict of interest" is when someone stands to gain through association with opposed or competing entities. Can you please educate us if you know anything different?

Posted by khs_shk2000 on (May 23, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

If your a keen observer of cricket match, you know that umpires do favours some teams or batsman, how the bowlers bowls legside with ofside field.

Posted by jillpreston on (May 23, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

In case of Sreesanth and cricketeers, offcourse guilty as charged. ban from club, lifetime ban talk, ban from international cricket, ban from national cricket, force Royals to press charges, and so on and so forth. You are the plaintiff, jury and judge. And off course the offense is non bailable, and you spend time in jail.

If you are related to BCCI, cricket administration, or to Srinivasan, then offcourse you are innocent unless proven guilty. let the investigation take its course.

Posted by sbs93 on (May 23, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Gosh!!!! Hope and pray ICCC doesn't suspend BCCI president N Srinivasan !!!!

Posted by Wacco on (May 23, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

@ Vidya Murali, like most subcontinental fans you dont understand cricket. you are only happy with whatever dished out like activities on a cricket field. Just to explain, in T20 fixing few balls can alter the result of a match. shorter the version, the more the importance of each ball. hopefully like many of your brethren wont grope in the dark in future.

Posted by vivek_us on (May 23, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

@shaheer.khan88 Then why are you commenting here? Obviously you care. @bittuboss To each his own. No one insists you watch so why do you insist that people stop watching?

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

Police sources say that they have also intercepted several "friendly" phone conversations between the actor and Mr Meiyappan. Immediately after one of these calls, the police sources allege, Vindoo Singh called up a bookie. The police have emphasized that they have no confirmation as yet that the Chennai Super Kings CEO has any links to alleged betting or spot-fixing in the IPL.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Gurunath Meyyappan is only going to be questioned about his connection with Vindoo. So there is no clear evidence that he involved in fixing.

Posted by deadite11 on (May 23, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

This is the initial stage of the probe and its too pre-mature to call one a culprit. Who knows? even other owners/players/actors involved in it. The problem caused by the "Big fishes from MUMBAI" who has contact with every team in IPL. Cause of this fixing scandal also by only MUMBAI bookies. Lets see after the end of IPL, maybe more truth will be broken.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

"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 same logic should be applied to one and all.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

I really don't think that recent allegations in cricket will affect cricket fan's interesting of the games. First, this is a spot fixing scandal not a match fixing and Second, it made by few uncapped players not a key players..This wasn't change result of the games in IPL. But, whoever did cheating on past have to be punished strongly. It will avoid future corruption in any sports.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

More fun ...more drama.. Cant complain.... the quality of cricket was bad this year though...

Posted by shaheer.khan88 on (May 23, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Don't watch IPL and don't really care!

Posted by skWeb on (May 23, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

In other news, police talked about a bookie getting an autograph from Sachin. Let's see how many of us and the media jump to conclusion about Sachin. It's pathetic for the media and the fans to draw conclusion without any evidence. Just because my brother/relative did something wrong and unlawful doesn't mean I am a criminal. Let's just see what happens next and hope the police don't bulge to anyone and do a fair investigation. When there is money, there is always greed. It's everywhere, not just IPL. People saying they don't watch IPL or should ban IPL are funny as they take time to read the news and comment on it.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

The Story Started with The Bookmakers> Players> Bollywood Actor> franchise Owner and now Umpire.... Different people from different business.....Where this investigation is going......and still no statement from the BCCI President....N. Srinivasan is a Chemical Engineer but Mixing and fixing is being done by his Son in Law......Tough days Ahead Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan......

Posted by venkateswarlu84 on (May 23, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

One thing i dint get it clear !!! Are people forced to watch even if they come to know that it is well planned or they have been forced to keep betting?

Its up to us whether to watch or not. Even drama kind is giving more kick than other games like world cup (hopefully its not fixed) so, people are crazy after IPL.

Just treat like WWE and watch if u would like to else leave it. The only mistake that i saw from IPL is "Owner himself having a team and not announcing IPL as drama"

Owning a team being as owner is mistake? Maybe true in one sense but may not be true in many ways.

So enjoy the show.

Posted by AksK on (May 23, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

"How can you term anyone guilty before the investigations are completed?" - If that is so, on what basis were Sreesanth and co. suspended by BCCI? One set of standards for cricketers and another for officials?

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

CSK is a business, and it is none of my business to say whether its CEO Gurunath Meiyappan, should step down or not.

But, it is only in the fitness of things for Mr. N.Srinivasan, to step down, not only from BCCI Presidentship, but also from all cricket related administrative positions from world cricket, until the clouds hanging around him (rightly or wrongly) clear up. The old adage regarding Ceasor's wife is very much applicable in this particular case. He occupying such a powerful position, can be perceived to hamper the investigative processes.

Sorry to suggest so. But that had been the response from decent statesmen, all over the world. And, I presume, Srinivasan is a decent and honorable man, until proven otherwise. If he wants inspiration, just look at Bansal, the Union Cabinet Minister of Railways, who had to leave the position recently, for the shenanigans of his relatives.

Posted by nayonika on (May 23, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Avarice,greed,love for money is inherent in every human. Guru, Dara, the trio, and the eleven are no exceptions. They had the resources in plenty which gave them ample opportunities to indulge in their passion. The common man does not have it. The rich and the mighty get their 'high' when they bet. The common man like me get our 'high' when we see the rich n mighty bet,get caught and bowled by the police and 'escorted' by them in full view of cameras. I like cricket and now I like it even more for the off field entertainment. No wonder cricket is called a funny game.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Someone please assure me that the whole IPL wasn't scripted from the beginning

Posted by bittuboss on (May 23, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

For godsake stop this IPl its killing fansbase....stopped watching since after 2nd season...its like circus..........

Posted by mshyder on (May 23, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

I think we should start taking cricket like wrestling ( WWE / WCW etc) where every match, every move is preplanned / scripted but you watch it purely for entertainment.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (May 23, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

@Abhishek Nikam: The time to clean world cricket, not just Indian cricket, was years ago. They missed the train. Now the powers that be face a long and painful journey.

Posted by TheGamerX on (May 23, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

its unfolding like a hollywood movie.. twists and turns every now and then..

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Gambling is an addiction. People who bet on games will always bet. Those who run gambling rackets are criminals who cannot be stopped. They will break bones, wreck careers to get what they want. Once a younger player walks into their den he is toast. Its important to remind them over and over again. Just remember what happened to Azharuddin, whose career ended when it was at its height. Wonder what glories we would have seen from his bat. I have written a screenplay about how a promising young lad is lured into their web by the bookies. He is torn between them and his passion for the game. He is burning to bowl out the opposing batsman that he had been having a verbal interchange every time they met. They just hate the sight of each other. He has bowled him twice before and wants to do it a third time. He knows he can do it; but the bookies have said no. In the heat of the moment , he forgets his promise and gives the over everything he has. As the middle stump tumbles away after.....

Posted by sams235 on (May 23, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

They killed the goose that lays golden eggs.

Not watching IPL anymore.

Posted by Bamarolls on (May 23, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Wow! What an idea to treat people as innocent until proven guilty?

Posted by JerryV on (May 23, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

India indeed is a strange country.

How can the board chairman own one of the IPL teams? Don't tell me that no one sees that as a massive conflict of interest!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

It's time to clean India first. Cricket will follow...

Posted by hnlns on (May 23, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

It is high time BCCI redraws its constitution to forbid its officials or their relatives becoming interested parties in events which are sanctioned by it. They cannot become participants and judges both at the same time. I hope cricket in general will be allowed to become a genuine entertaining sport again rather than a business run by greedy people where everything smells fishy because of all these dirty things that we are seeing now. I was a die-hard cricket fan watching cricket matches non-stop for so many years but now am disgusted and have almost stopped watching. The joy we used to get earlier in watching has disappeared altogether, for ever I think.

Posted by Edassery on (May 23, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

Cricket fans in unison should now decide that UNTIL the case is investigated properly and findings published and the culprit punished, the don't watch a single match played by India. The entire BCCI setup is thriving on fan base and TV ratings and they should now realize that the great game itself is above everything else.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Am from India and chennai. But really am disillusioned. For every honest thing in India there seems to be a thousand dishonest means. Yes corruption and cheating is there in many places but here that seems to be the main way. Compare with mature societies not countries that are struggling or trying to grow. Well that's the way it is. Money is good only if handled honestly. Millions struggle to make ends meet and millions look to move up to a better house. I hope these dreams don't become nightmares.

Posted by zalmaypk on (May 23, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

i was shocked when i hear the ipl scandal ...ICC must take notice

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

IPL biggest reality show in the planet .

Posted by shrastogi on (May 23, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

This is a huge credibility crises for CSK & IPL. If police can prove that Meiyappan has been involved in betting or has passed on team strategies to betting syndicate through Vindoo Dara Singh, as merely speaking someone on phone is no evidence enough, then Srinivasan should resign.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

its time to clean cricket in India !!!

Posted by Haleos on (May 23, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

Shukla says : "How can you term anyone guilty before the investigations are completed?". Correct Mr sukhla. So does that mean BCCI will wholeheartedly support the cricketers arrested and provide them whatever support they need? Also there is an underlying messege in "The Mumbai and Delhi Police are competent authorities and let them finish the investigations before jumping to any conclusions,"

Posted by Naresh28 on (May 23, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

It gets uglier by the day!!!!

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (May 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Where is this heading? Is IPL now completely spoiled the Indian cricket? Is it worth watching IPL matches any more? Do not feel like supporting CSK, until the CSK management is cleared. You feel for the honest players and do not know who they are any more.

Posted by dk75018 on (May 23, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Exactly Mr Shukla, that's what you should have said when Sree and 2 others were accused and arrested.. "let law and order prove them guilty" .. but those guys are already suspended by BCCI..

Posted by hayagriva on (May 23, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

The love and affection that fans pour out into this game is simply taken away by such greedy players... there is nothing wrong in betting on the games... as long as they are not fixed. If players fix the games..then its such a shame

Posted by kevivnajar on (May 23, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

For T20, I only see it as a 3 hr entertainment, would be happy to see close matches.. there may be fixings, but as a viewer, while watching, i don't know what is going to happen , so i like that thrill. After the game if some one tells me the game was fixed, i won't bother, as the entertainment is long over..

Posted by mar2000 on (May 23, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

More is yet to come . Its QUICK money , any way you want it . T20 /50 over or Test , someone somewhere will try to do something . It's going to tough trying to clean up the sport but we sure going to try .

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

cricket is now become a poker game i dont want to watch it any more

Posted by Sam_Ki2 on (May 23, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

I just wish that this fixing wouldn't have an impact on Indian cricket in it's coming days. Enough of bad things had already happened to indian cricket after '99 world cup. Can't take this anymore. Cricket will definitely lose it's worth if this continues for long. Need an all time full stop to this now.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

i dont like cricket now :(

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