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Gurunath Meiyappan arrested in Mumbai

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May 24, 2013

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Gurunath Meiyappan, a top CSK official, at an IPL game, Mumbai, April 25, 2010
Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested in Mumbai, where he was questioned by police © Indian Premier League

Gurunath Meiyappan, a top official of the Chennai Super Kings franchise and son-in-law of the BCCI president N Srinivasan, has been formally arrested by Mumbai Police on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud. The development, late on Friday night, is the most serious setback to the IPL in its six-year history and has serious implications for the BCCI as well given the names involved.

As of early Saturday morning there was no news of an emergency BCCI meeting but it is expected that events will move fast through the day, to discuss the issue of leadership - though Srinivasan insisted he would not step down - and also Chennai Super Kings' participation in the IPL final on Sunday.

Gurunath had been summoned to Mumbai for questioning over betting and links to bookies and flew in on Friday evening.

"We have interrogated Mr Gurunath after he arrived here at the crime branch headquarters," Himanshu Roy, the joint commissioner of Mumbai Police, said. "We have gone through questioning with him in detail and after due deliberation, we have arrived at the conclusion there is evidence of involvement in offence we are investigating and therefore he has been placed under arrest. He will be produced in court within 24 hours as per law."

Reports suggest Gurunath's interrogation in Mumbai will continue through Friday night, and he will also be confronted with Virender "Vindoo" Dara Singh, the actor arrested earlier this week for alleged contact with bookies. Police investigations suggested that Vindoo and Gurunath were in frequent telephonic contact. Vindoo was also seen in the CSK box at IPL matches.

Gurunath's lawyer PS Raman said: "We are exploring all legal possibilities. We are waiting for the remand report before reading the charges against him."

Srinivasan had not commented in public since the reports first emerged on Wednesday that his son-in-law was linked to the IPL scandal, but after the arrest he maintained he would not resign as BCCI president. "I have done nothing wrong," he told NDTV. "I am not resigning, the board is largely supportive of me."

Gurunath's connection to Super Kings was the subject of dispute through the day. He was the public face of the franchise, his Twitter handle said he was the "team principal", he was seen as Super Kings' representative at auctions and at IPL owners' meetings. Yet on Friday evening India Cements, the owners of the franchise and of which Srinivasan is the managing director, said Gurunath was only an honorary member of the team management.

The implications of Gurunath's arrest involve both Super Kings, who have qualified for the final to be played on May 26, and Srinivasan.

His arrest brings into question Super Kings' participation in the final - under IPL rules, the BCCI-IPL can terminate a franchise agreement "with immediate effect if: c) The Franchise, any Franchise Group Company and/ or any owner acts in any way which has a material adverse effect upon the reputation or standing of the League, BCCI-IPL, BCCI, the Franchise, the team (or any other team in the League) and/ or the game of cricket."

More importantly, and with wider implication, Srinivasan's position within the BCCI is likely to be under serious threat - not only because Meiyappan happens to be his son-in-law but because Srinivasan heads India Cements, who are owners of the Super Kings. The conflict of interest that arises from Srinivasan's dual position as BCCI president and de facto owner of an IPL franchise now has a serious immediate implication: he will, as board president, have to oversee any disciplinary action against either Gurunath or the franchise.

An IPL insider clarified that Meiyappan's change of designation was not likely to have any impact on the action that needs to be taken. "The moment you're a team management member, irrespective of the designation, the Anti-Corruption code applies to you. And nobody can deny the fact that he is a part of the ownership group and team management."


Time to walk

Jayaditya Gupta

Over the past week the image of Indian cricket has taken a fearsome battering. It started with the arrest of three cricketers on allegations of spot-fixing and continued as various bookmakers and bit players who flock to the sport were also arrested and details of their "confessions" were leaked. Through it all N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, maintained that there were a few "rotten eggs" in Indian cricket, and the game was in overall rude health. On Friday night his assertions came crashing down with the arrest of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, the de facto head of the Chennai Super Kings franchise.

Gurunath's arrest - and it is safe to say the Mumbai Police would not have taken that step, given the implications, without very strong evidence - is a far more serious issue than the arrest of three players. As the "team principal" - the style on his Twitter handle - he sat in on player auctions, attended IPL meetings as his franchise's representative and had free access to the players at most times. He is, without much doubt, the team's most important person - his players referred to him as "boss". Under the IPL's rules, therefore, his arrest leaves Super Kings' franchise agreement liable to be terminated with immediate effect. Where that leaves the team, which has qualified for Sunday's IPL final, is still anyone's guess.

Any decision on Gurunath will have to be taken by the IPL and the BCCI, which begs this question: how can Srinivasan, father-in-law of the man arrested and managing director of the company that owns the franchise, also be at the head of the organisation that will decide on the punishment? Srinivasan has so long played the conflict-of-interest game to his advantage, watching his Super Kings team become the most successful IPL franchise. The time has now come for him to step down, if only to enable a free and fair inquiry and to allow Indian cricket and its governing body the opportunity to retrieve some of the ground it has lost. Srinivasan has long called himself a cricket fan. To use a cricketing analogy, he needs to walk before he is given out.

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Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (May 27, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Let us keep the waters clear in this commentary. The time is over for defending or making excuse for people who represent themselves and are credentialed as team principals. No longer should money and ego deter the truth from emerging. Conflict of interest in the case of CSK is glaring and undeniable. No amount of ego or bluster will change that. Players and supporters should not be punished when not directly involved and not withholding information and evidence of potential wrongdoing.

The real way forward: call a Cricket Constitutional Convention, redesign global cricketing governance, and deal not only with ethics and corruption, but the structure of the sport (e.g. Test Championship, revenue sharing) going forward into a brighter, better future where we can all be proud of the Great Game.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 26, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Cricket community is a cross section of the society. Few individuals will fall on the wrong side.If you are a cricket fan just enjoy the cricket. Leave the rest to other authorities. Two best teams are in the finals. Hope it's a thriller and CSK lift the trophy. All the best to both teams.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

What exactly is the crime committed here? Does it anyway relates to players performance?

Posted by vb19 on (May 25, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

1-General perspective: The owner has been betting on the teams, nor fixing or spot fixing. Why should this affect CSK. If CSK needs to be scrapped because of this, then Rajastan Royals should not have been allowed to play - serious crime that affected the match result 2-Considering, betting is illegal in India and CSK member had broken the law: If a team has to be disbanded because one of its member has performed an act outside then consider; a. South Africa: Cronje; b. India : Md. Azaruddin; c. Pakistan. The point is the team and fans should not be punished because of acts of individuals, doesn't make sense. If still people want to scrap CSK, that is based on personal opinions and not logical thinking. 3. If the IPL rules clearly says that teams needs to be scrapped, Fine, CSK needs to be scrapped. So does RR. Again, team and fans should not be punished because of individuals Outrage for CSK or RR the team, to be scrapped is a bit biased and should be an outrage on offenders

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Let's be objective here. How do you compromise or influence a team to WIN THE PRELIMS and BE IN THE FINAL?? It just does not make sense.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (May 25, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

IPL has been a great tournament for young cricketers from India and the rest of the cricketing world. Up and coming players like Samson, Faulkner, Jason Holder, Karan Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Chris Morris, etc. are benefiting enormously from the exposure to the outstanding talent, match pressure, and the coaching resources around them. Plus they are all making a healthy living while doing something they love and they are good at. Even experienced players like Ishant Sharma and Bhuvi are benefitting from having players and coaches like Steyn and Alan Donald around them. It makes for compelling cricket. Why would anyone even consider scrapping the IPL because of a handful of bad apples. Clean it up and make it better.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Muck in IPL, 3 players arrested, son-in-law of a team owner arrested, an actor arrested...well, going by the Mumbai police statements, if they say Vindoo was betting on behalf of Meiyappan and there are also other Bollywood celebrities involved, why havent they been arrested? what Vindoo only confessed about Meiyappan ? does he have amnesia in forgetting others involved ?...it seems that the Mumbai police drive is not against betting as a whole in IPL or Indian Cricket but sheepishly targetting towards some hand picked individuals only. Meanwhile safeguarding other 'important' personalities involved. Politically motivated by some sections to score brownie points. And most importantly if Vindoo was in constant touch with bookies and other personalities over phone, why didnt the police intercept these calls and trace them ? Fill the blanks yourself.

Posted by bondblackberry on (May 25, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

Actually kashi it will do no good to Indian cricket :)

Posted by Vikramaditya100 on (May 25, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Better after this year.... Let there be a new owner for a Chennai Team.... Just as was the case with Hyderabad....

Posted by ramli on (May 25, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

CSK as a team has lost its credibility ... We pity the players or rather the honest ones ... we never know ... CSK will cease to exist from next season ... I don't think any honest player will agree for retention even if CSK clings to IPL ... that makes MSD very valuable for other teams next year ... hopefully a new franchise also emerges from Chennai after CSK's exit ...

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

IPL without a team like CSK is such a waste of watching IPL,and he is not owner or ceo of the team,he is just a top official thats all,don't know where it ends,any way finals is played by the CHENNAI SUPER KINGS so cheer up

Posted by Khan_Umar on (May 25, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

I am a die-hard cricket lover but I don't watch IPL from the time it was introduced because it's basis is money and I call it Indian Paisa League (IPL). The other reason why I don't like IPL is because it was an idea stolen from Legendary Kapil Dev's (ICL). I was happy about ICL because it was not linked to BCCI - this would have kept it much cleaner (from spot-fixing and match fixing). BCCI's dictatorship made Kapil Dev suffer a lot by banning the players playing in ICL. Well, you thought money can buy everything, yes were right. But the only thing money cannot buy is the honor and dignity which BCCI, IPL and its franchises are losing very quickly. One must remember... culprits are those who get caught, what about others!!

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

Utterly disgusting! They say money is lost, nothing is lost! Health is lost, something is lost! But If character is lost, ALL IS LOST! I hope i'm not at the wrong forum!

Posted by troll401 on (May 25, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

If there is no IPL without CSK, then so be it. If it becomes boring, so be it. But we want it clean. Meiyappan was seen in team dugout and at auction table he was the one who raised the paddle. Clearly he is not an outsider then. And how can Srinivasan be allowed to head the body which will decide the fate of his son in law as well as participation of csk? It is better to do a Hyderabad and give fresh rights to some new conglomerate not owned by a bcci official. Its sad but even if IPL is scrapped its okay. Just dont disrespect the law and cricket.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

Don't get blinded by your affection to CSK players. If the team management is found guilty of any wrongdoing which brought the league to disrepute, the whole team should be terminated, simple as that. It happened with Kochi Tuskers and Decaan Chargers and their players had to go through another auction again. I don't see how CSK players should be an exception. If BCCI would not take enough action, the league will lose its credibility and the majority of fans.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 25, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

@TheUltimateTruth Unlike your pen name, you are not ready for the truth? Sreesanth and co. at least contributed to cricket and only influence they had was their performance. I agree whole of IPL need to be banned not just CSK, however Srinivasan and Gurunath association is with CSK hence they need to be banned immediately

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 25, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

If an employee in a company commits a crime do you close the whole company? Just punish the guilty. Meiyappan is just an employee, not the owner of CSK. Punish him if he is found guilty. Cricket must go on. Finals must be played.

Posted by Vishal_07 on (May 25, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

Nothing against CSK, matter of fact I am envious of their record and their performance over the years, but no way in heck will BCCI scrap this franchise, come what may.

Why, because BCCI is giddy with power and the board members think they own cricket in India and not just "control" it!

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 25, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

@VJGS I am surprised at comments like this. Why should there be a next year of IPL? IPL scrapping is overdue and it will do lot of good to Indian Cricket. Yes businesses might suffer some financial setbacks , but the long term benefits for cricket at large is huge

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

These people have no qualm whatsoever in tarnishing the image of the country just to make more and more money. It has taken a battering all right along with bringing the whole game of cricket into disrepute. Unabashedly unashamed conduct.. I tend to believe now that many matches in this IPL and past editions have been spot-fixed or influenced in a big way by a nexus of bookies, players and who-not. Where is the integrity and accountability? What were they thinking that they could continue on their merry ways of making more money unscrupulously forever without ever getting caught? We, poor fans, were just fooled and taken for a ride. IPL must be scrapped to recover even a modicum of respect for India and its cricket.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

Kochi Tuskers was banned for Malpractice then y not CSK?

Posted by roshanhmt2000 on (May 25, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

dont let the chennai to play in the final........enough is enough. cricket is that game we more than love, we cant wait and see....what realy happening around us.we have stop this things now. other wise we going to lose our game.

Posted by Royrozario on (May 25, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Come what may, Srinivasan should step down, he has made a thorough mess of BCCI. First insisting on playing in Chennai minus the Sri Lankans instead of changing the venue, insisting on certain umpires for CSK games, manipulating the BCCI tenders for franchises and deliberately hurting and cheating Pune warriors. He along with Shukla the joker should get out.

Posted by joelaugustine on (May 25, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Clearly double standards by the BCCI. When minor violation of business terms is spotted in the case of Tuskers Kerala,RR and the Decan chargers BCCI was very quick to make a strict decision to suspend them.However in this case nothing will happen to CSK even if their team head oh sorry top official is arrested.This is what is called as conflict of interest.Shame on you..

Posted by Romenevans on (May 25, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

Nobody is bigger than cricket, specially you can not compromise the game for sake of flat track bullies from CSK. If they have done wrong, they have to be scraped, be it CSK, or any other team.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

when everyone is speaking that cricket is bigger than the owners....then csk players should be allowed to play the finals....they should get a fair chance for all the hardwork they have done this season.....why should they be terminated for d sillyness of 1 person...spare a thought for all the csk players-indian,foreign who have put in hours of practice for fans like us....let them take the prize money instead of the owners....let the team b terminated even if they want after this season finishes...let truth prevail.....

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

I certainly feel that IPL should be banned by ICC. There are many reasons for that. Firstly, it is providing a shortcut for young talented Indian players to make money and face. Once picked by the teams, these young players only play for money fame. Hence, they accept all the opportunities that come their way. They are not Tendulkars or Dravids who have spent their careers playing for this great country. If IPL is banned, these young players would work hard to play for India. Just like Dravid, Dhoni, Tendulkar and Ganguly did. The young talent is being wasted in the hands of IPL. Secondly, the corruption going on in IPL is not hidden from anyone. It is only spoiling the name of Indian cricket. I really hope that some strict actions are taken against the people involved. If not, just ban IPL. Remember, Indian Cricket can survive without IPL but IPL cannot survive without Indian cricket. Cheers.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

What a joke?

BCCI president is the MD of India Cement in other words CSK. His son-in-law is the head of CSK management team who is now charged. So vicariously, BCCI President is also head of CSK.

This whole episode clearly illustrates what IPL is all about. I am not too sure why the cricket boards around the world, players of international repute more than anyone else ICC fail to understand this ground situation or do they turn a blind eye?

Posted by cricfix on (May 25, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

This whole issue makes the BCCI a laughing stock. The fact is that the IPL is THE best T20 cricket tournament in the world. The BCCI feel so powerful, that until now they have never questionned their own hypocrisy or conflict of interest. It is this lack of checking if one's own house is in order which will bring down the value of the IPL. No wonder Pepsi is reconsidering their position. CSK sponsors must be in a state of disgust and confusion. The inner sanctums of the BCCI effectively banned Pakistani players for reasons of security and then for potential spot fixing - now we have players AND 'Team Principles' bringing the game into disrepute without any Pakistani involvement.

There MUST be a clear separation between BCCI officials and Team Owners. The BCCI must learn to govern the game for the people and not for themselves. Cricket is the peoples game, not the millionaires/beauracrats toy. Bring cricket back to the people.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

This is absolutely ridiculous..everybody knows meiyappan is mainframe of CSK franchise. Then why now all other franchise members of CSK saying that meiyappan has nothing to do with CSK team...Why was he always with CSK DUGOUT? What ever will be result of this dispute, one thing for sure..INDIAN CRICKET is ashamed ..fans are demolished..fazed..dazed..horrified and shocked...whom should a fan will support now, A pre-fixed Cricket team or A Well-Deserved performing team??

Posted by VJGS on (May 25, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

I have no idea what will happen if the franchisee is scraped from the IPL. Will a new one pick up the team like with Hyderabad? or will the players be completely disbanded like the Kerala team? Also considering that there will be fresh auctions next year, even if a new franchisee picks up the same team, will they be able to retain some players?

Posted by Crimsonbat on (May 25, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

legalized betting is good.But it does not solve spot fixing etc. that can be done through unregistered bookmakers(because it is a sure bet). Just as black money is moved through illegal channels although there is a banking system. Some Banks even collude in laundering money.

Posted by Rukky on (May 25, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

I am shock with whatsoever happened last two weeks.. But what about the Fair Play Award. CSK is no.1 in that?????now they will be no. 9....or no no. should be given to them.

Posted by billy_bilal on (May 25, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

People who are suggesting that there are no legal grounds to terminate CSK should consider this. If the person involved was acting on owner's behalf during all descision making like attending owner's meetings, then his actions shold be considered as owner's actions and therfore, any regulation that applies to owner should also apply to him. CSK before scandal allowed him to act as defacto owner.

Posted by Yarms on (May 25, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

I wonder how wide spread the problem would be if we legalised betting in India? Surely that will be the first step to rehab. Legalised betting like in UK, Aus, etc etc, would mean regulations , controls and ... Tax revenue for the govt! I think for the good of the game the Final should proceed .. The sport is larger than the sum of the parts?

Posted by sharidas on (May 25, 2013, 1:47 GMT)

BCCI has always attracted businessmen. And it is obvious that their interest has never been the game, but the prospects of making more money. I do accept that businessmen certainly do help by looking at possibilities of making more money and thereby help fill the coffers of the richest Board in cricket.But the fact remains that their interest has never been the advancement of the game. If IPL were to die, it will be a sad day, as it did help a lot of players on the fringe world wide, earn some decent money which they would never have made playing for state sides. Looking at the huge potential, betting has on the game, I guess it can never be run fairly. Making betting legal will never be the answer.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 1:44 GMT)

Going by the legal angle which has been discussed, the arrest is of any individual on charges of betting and nexus with the bookies, which is per se an illegal activity and not for fixing any matches, as of now. If you take the argument, the game is bigger than an individual, then the final should be allowed to happen. If we had applied the same agreement, that the game is bigger than the individuals, RR should have been disqualified the very next day the playing members were themselves involved in spot-fixing which is more directly impacting the results than betting. Further, I would be personally be delighted to see the MI claim the trophy with meritorious performance in the given day rather than by default.

Posted by cheatsdontprosper on (May 25, 2013, 1:36 GMT)

Another day passes and more Skullduggery emerges !!!!! one question i would like to ask people in the cricket world is ? why are people who have vested interests in sponsors and cricket boards not monitored more closely ? they should have to comply with special conditions as they are in a position of trust and can abuse this if they are not watched closely. I was an IPL fan up to IPL 4 then the novelty wore off for me , not sure why , maybe it was the fact that pakistani cricket players were not being allowed to play in the IPL and other foreign players were allowed , THIS IS NOT A FAIR DECISION AT ALL

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 1:29 GMT)

Wait why are people dragging Dhoni into this? Yes Dhoni said if CSK terminated then he will no longer be a part of IPL either but this is just wrong. I have continuously heard that he is the owner of the team, now suddenly people start to live in denial of that? The whole changing of twitter bio, editing out his name from CSK website...isn't it enough to make anyone suspicious? And I personally hate to be called a liar so yes I have done good amount of research.

Posted by challagalla on (May 25, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

Murkier and murkier it gets. This is what happens in any organization where opacity is chosen over transparency. Of course Srinivasan has to resign and the final must be played on Sunday. I am not clear if Guru is arrested for betting or for spot fixing. The latter would be very serious and the former I would put down to stupidity or greed. Lets all hope it is the former. What is the world coming to if the owners are involved in fixing matches. Maybe it is time to scrap these teams and transfer ownership to the respective state cricket associations. It is also time to remove all these politicians from BCCI and the state associations and bring in professionals to run the show. The BCCI constitution needs to be amended post haste. Bring in a supervisory board of elected members and the actual day to day running left to professionals like any corporate board. I am not saying this will solve all the problems. Its just the first step to solving them. Unfortunately greed rules in India.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

I have enjoyed this exciting league. I added life to cricket. With the events of the past 2 weeks. the league is covered with mire ( to put it nicely). Will I be back next year? Heck I don't know if I want to see Sunday's game!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by vparisa on (May 25, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

@CSK Supporters, please support the game. the game is bigger than CSK. Even though players have nothing to do with it, the team owners have committed fraud and they don't deserve to win any more prize money out of this. CSK must be effectively terminated.

Posted by xylo on (May 24, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

If the finals happen after all this, isn't it a farce?

Posted by IAM_SIVAM on (May 24, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

He is, after all, a business man and hence the turns of events are not surprising 'et all. The bothering thing is their impact on the cricketing fans' loyalty; in this case the belief of very few on IPL, SANS ITS CONTROVERSIES, as highly rewarding, competitive and entertaining format of cricket.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

It is a fault of Franchise administration. Why Dhoni or any other cricketer to be blame? Yes CSK could be terminated, and if it is terminated before the final - no worries. law need to prevail above every emotion. Yes I feel bad for CSK playing team and team support staff. CSK will be purchase by some other group and it will be same CSK team with new administrationa dn new team simialr to Deccan Charger/Sun Risers.

As long as betting is illegal it is illegal -- I don't understand wh peopel arguing 'whether Dhoni is bigger than cricket or not?" Dhoni is a cricketer, he is playing cricket for his franchise. If this franchaise got terminate because of illegal involvement, he will play for some other team or franchise.

Question is who should be responsible for IPL or BCCI-IPL? Can CSK continue? Can Srinivasan stay? Isn't this is similar to Shashi Tharoor's case with Kerala's franchise?

Cricket will stay, Players will stay - what matter is this anti-element individual will be curbed

Posted by poetryinmotion on (May 24, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

The argument that the CSK franchise agreement can be terminated is legally not tenable. The clause reads, "The Franchise, any Franchise Group Company and/ or any owner", none of which is applicable in this case. The franchise or its group company have done nothing illegal and the owner in this case would be "India Cements" which is a corporate entity. Mr. Meiyappan is neither a shareholder of India cements or CSK, so the question of termination of the franchise agreement doesn't arise at all. I don't know how this onerous argument that the term "owner" includes Mr. Meiyappan is being made. Even if Mr. Meiyappan were a shareholder of India cements piercing the corporate veil is not a simple matter. I find it laughable that the media has spent the whole day misrepresenting legalese.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

@ SC13159,

Gurunath is the Team Principal/CEO of CSK but was distanced from it by India Cements, the owner of CSK, to save CSK from getting banned from IPL. They did a cover-up job of removing all traces of evidence which link Gurunath as a CEO of CSK. But all the cover-up job was caught red-handed by several media outlets.

In honesty, CSK should be banned because of involvement of the owner/CEO involvement in the betting.

Posted by BoonBoom on (May 24, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

In any civilized country where business ethics do exist, a top boss would not have been allowed to operate with such a blatant conflict of interest what Srinivasan has been practicing for years. It's sad that the game of gentlemen has become a circus and betting den ever since BCCI has become powerful only by virtue of very big one billion market, strong economy that has obviously generated huge revenue for BCCI. That must be stopped and power must must be based on true democratic principals rather than Indian corrupt bosses. If Asad Rauf is pulled out of CT due to some allegation then why CSK is not being sidelined for being handled by a corrupt person who has been taken by police just a day before the finals????

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 24, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

@Theultimatetruth, you are correct. When RR was allowed to play, CSK should be also allowed to play as well. RR case is even worse. The players were involved and it would've affected the outcome of the matches. In CSK's case players have nothing to do with it. Hope sanity prevails.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (May 24, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

I don't want Mumbai to receive a hollow trophy by some default mechanism. They should earn it by beating the best, which is CSK, on the field. What wrong did the players of CSK do to be tainted by what this Gurunath guy may or may not have done?

Posted by MWaqqar on (May 24, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

Now is the time the world will see whether BCCI and IPL are true organisations or sham group of people looking after self interest. In the end nothing will happen to IPL, CSK and Srinivasan. There is too much money of many people involved.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

Its not fair if CSK are allowed to play any further because the admin of CSK was involved in it..better the final should be played b/w the 2 deserving teams and they are RR and MI

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 24, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Meiappan is not an owner of CSK. He is an honourary member. CSK cannot be terminated legally.

Posted by quincy2 on (May 24, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Since Gurunath ii just an honorary member of CSK, and Srinivasan is ofcourse not the owner, given the conflict of interest litigation against him in Chennia .. then WHO EXACTLY IS THE OWNER OF CSK?

Posted by VJM1806 on (May 24, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

Even if CSK wins the final..people are going to call it as a foul play..may be CSK should step down till these things are resolved and have Rajasthan and Mumbai play (again) for the final :-(

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

I can safely say that all the die hard fans of the CSK team are wondering about Sunday and more so now our Reputation has been tainted, it's quite sad.

Posted by dirick on (May 24, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

CSK shouldnt be playing the finals now. I do understand Dhoni has done no wrong but Cricket is bigger than an individual. This is an absolute shame for the entire nation but CSK shouldnt be a part of IPL any further. Be it Finals doesnt matter, Give MumbaiIndians the trophy. Even if CSK wins the final it cannot be celebrated as this would be a final played with disgrace. Nothing more to say and by the way, I am from Chennai.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

I see people constantly commenting about making betting legalized in India. People would making betting legal justifies the spot fixing by players? Betting has nothing to do with players morals and ethics. This is the issue of players cheating on the franchise, fans and most importantly the country they represent.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Make it rr vs mi please!!!!!!!

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

I agree that Dhoni, etc. are not above the law or the game. But, how is any of Gurunath's doing their fault? Are Sreesanth's deeds the fault of RR? It's crazy talk to say that CSK shouldn't play the finals. Then RR shouldn't have played today. India Cements is a company with a large shareholder base. They are all collectively the owners of CSK. If one of them does something illegal are we going to terminate CSK the team? This rule/clause/whatever is impractical and won't hold water with any arbitrator.

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

I don't see what is wrong with betting - it is legal in a lot of countries for good reason. There is a problem only if there is FIXING. That makes it cheating.

Having said that, team owners and stakeholders should not be allowed to bet (just like insider trading is prohibited in stocks), due to the potential of influencing the outcome.

Also where there is betting, due to human nature, fixing invariably follows. But that is true of all walks of life - including the stock market.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

CSK should be ruled out .... rules are rules whether it is dhoni's team or ny xyz person... It is tym to make a strict decision

Posted by WalkingWicket11 on (May 24, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

When Sreesanth & co. were arrested, they were immediately suspended before any inquiry, so why shouldn't CSK be suspended immediately? This is the best example of conflict of interest for those who refused to see anything wrong with Srinivasan's company owning an IPL team.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

What I think is that after what is going on in this IPL Season, Sahara Group is correct to terminate their francise. Heads off to the Chairman of Sahara Group.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 24, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Betting on horses is legal. Any other betting is illegal in india. What double standard. Even Queen bets on horses. What the world coming to? Indians have to grow up. Make betting legal like it is all over the western world.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

I am also a serious fan of CSK as well as Dhoni and I firmly agree that he is rightly called the Face Of IPL.Still I strongly support that CSK should not be allowed to Play in the Final on Sunday.First it will be a stern lesson for the Owners of CSK and secondly this way we can save IPL with its Continuity into the next Edition.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 24, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

Gotta appreciate the Mumbai Police Department. They are just starting the clean-up process with top dogs . The IPL has lost all its credibility by now. I mean, when BCCI chief's family members themselves are accused of alleged corruption, what to say about others. Immediate resignation from BCCI would be the best thing Mr.Sirinivasan can do now as he can't clearly oversee this matter due to the conflict of interest. God save Cricket.

Posted by geebee3 on (May 24, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

The honourable thing for Mr. N Srinivasan to do (as the BCCI president) is terminate the franchise of CSK with immediate effect and then resign from the post of BCCI president. The IPL and cricket will survive this shameful affair and the players in CSK will all definitely be snapped up by the new Franchisee for Tamilnadu. So what about the final between CSK and MI? I have no doubt that the BCCI (sans Mr. N. Srinivasan) and IPL will find an amicable solution for all concernced especially the fans of IPL.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

To make it clear, he has been arrested for betting. Not convicted. Not arrested for spot fixing, neither for match fixing.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

My trust on cricket is all gone...my love for the game is decreasing day by day...the game i have been following for years and loved it so much...were all the matches fixed ?? i have a feeling they were...its all because of money..

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Ok....so if we go by the same yard stick used against Sreesanth and other players, shouldnt CSK be suspended too? Moreover its even in the IPL rules. Just saying.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

the day Indian cricket came under the control of politicians they ruined the indian cricket and the BCCI should be made more of public like the boards of other countries and sports...the tournament like IPL should be atleast minimised and have stricter rules and rulers who follows it...they should be developing associate countries being world's richest Cricket board for the development of the SPORT (cricket)...the former players should be the administrators rather than these politicians...the whole system needed to be re-built...but WHO CARES for us (the audiences,the cricket lovers)...we can just HOPE and Pray for it.........

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Let IPL be a flop without CSK.....The game is supreme....Cricket administration in India needs complete overhaul.

Posted by khs_shk2000 on (May 24, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Neither Dhoni nor CSK is bigger than cricket. So many big players came and gone but cricket not finished. I hope this time police should remove the all dirt from BCCi & IPL and make cricket once again gentlemen's game.

Posted by Rabin.Neupane on (May 24, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

I support this"True...No csk .No Dhoni...No IPL..Then No cricket"..

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

We have had coal, fodder, education, arms, jobs, mining, telecom, universities, and other scams. After a while the episode is forgotten. Life goes on. Many more continue to cheat. We continue to have a government. Movies run to full houses too. So IPL should carry on going by this trend. If it is closed, then we will become the laughing stock of this entire world. So we need a clean IPL even more than before. So INDIA (and I mean all of us) take care.

Posted by RottPhiler on (May 24, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

I am a CSK fan and I do not think that the team or the players need to be penalized for the actions of an individual not on the team. However, since the wording of the contract states that the franchise agreement can be terminated if any member of the ownership group brings the IPL into disrepute, allowing CSK to play the final will reek of manipulation by the owner of the franchise who just happens to be the BCCI president. This was an issue that was waiting to happen since the entire world was screaming CONFLICT OF INTEREST! on top of their lungs, the moment the BCCI president got involved in franchise ownership. Sadly the IPL governance culture is completely reactive and this situation should have been avoided in the first place. If CSK are allowed to play the final, the rival teams and their fans will call it tainted, and in this instance they're probably right.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

CSK better be playing in the finals !!!

Posted by sraaaaaa1 on (May 24, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

No CSK.. no Dhoni... no IPL...without csk... Ipl will be a big flop

Posted by gsingh7 on (May 24, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

csk , the team which is managed by bcci chief's son in law , is bound to come under scanner. hope mumbai crime branch act quick and if found guilty , csk should be stripped of all their ipl wins , just as juventus lost seria A titles in past after being found to be involved in betting and fixing. hope we see clean ipl one day.

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

will CSK be suspended from IPL?

Posted by TheLastJeed on (May 24, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

if no csk play a super over match between rr and srh with winner facing mumbai in finals

Posted by aahad01 on (May 24, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Finally, these Indian bookies are being exposed for what they are. Go to India to clean up cricket!!!

Posted by shahzaibq on (May 24, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

This is why BCCI officers and family members should be prohibited from owning IPL franchises... Reflects badly on the CSK, IPL's most successful team, and in turn the tournament itself. The conflict of interest issue for Srinivasan is definitely going to pop up again, regardless of the verdict!

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

II guess IPL is over..Sad I guess but In a way its good

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

@ Jayakumar Meiyappan means 'Father of Truth'....:-) Anyways isnt IPL the place 'where talent meets opportunity' ???? All those talented in making money are also enjoying....:-)

Posted by Thakur_ke_aadmi on (May 24, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

So be it... But no one should be spared... Ipl is not bigger than the sport!

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

God, Please save Indian Cricket.....

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Dhoni and CSK are safe...Are they...Lets c what happens

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

True...No csk .No Dhoni...No IPL..Then No cricket..

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Meiyappan means good and clean person

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

What is happening to this IPL. Lalit Modi was honestly better than this.

At least none of this crap used to happen.

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Will there be a Final of IPL6?

Posted by   on (May 24, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

IPL if there will be no CSK then it means no IPL!

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