Corruption in IPL May 25, 2013

Status quo in BCCI as Srinivasan defies doubters

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N Srinivasan seems to have staved off the stiff opposition from within the board and will continue as the BCCI president, at least for now and possibly till the AGM in September. A day after the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan - his son-in-law and a senior official of the Chennai Super Kings franchise - on charges of betting on IPL games, the momentum that seemed to have built up overnight to force a change at the top of the BCCI has apparently fizzled out.

More than half the board members attended a dinner hosted by former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Saturday night - notable absentees included vice-president Arun Jaitley, Srinivasan's presumptive successor, joint secretary Anurag Thakur and treasurer Ajay Shirke - but the mood seemed to be one of preserving the status quo.

Indeed, the mood was set before the dinner began, when a senior board official indicated to ESPNcricinfo that the members 'will not demand' Srinivasan's resignation. Srinivasan and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla had a private discussion in Kolkata before heading for the dinner, the source said, adding that the likelihood of Srinivasan stepping down before the AGM was 'very slim'.

It was in keeping with Srinivasan's defiant stand through the day. Soon after he landed in Mumbai on Saturday afternoon, he reiterated that he had no intention of resigning. "I cannot be bulldozed or railroaded into resigning by the pressure being applied," he said. "The BCCI will follow strictly all its rules. The law will take its course. Somebody wants to replace me, let him get elected."

The board members know that if Srinivasan does not resign from the job, their options are both limited and complicated (see sidebar). According to the BCCI constitution, a special general body meeting can move a resolution against its president with a three-fourth majority only if the president is directly involved in a corruption case - which is not the case so far.

Should the BCCI call an emergency general body meeting, it may come down to electoral numbers. Besides the 27 affiliated units who compete in the Ranji Trophy, the Cricket Club of India, the National Cricket Club, Kolkata and All India Universities have a vote each. If the incumbent president is presiding over the AGM, he is also entitled to a separate vote, thus extending the tally to 31. The last time the BCCI had a contested election for the post of president was in 2005, when Sharad Pawar defeated Ranbir Singh Mahendra to break Jagmohan Dalmiya's monopoly over Indian cricket's administration.

There remains much internal grumbling about where this controversy around the Chennai Super Kings' official and Srinivasan has left the BCCI. A former board official said that Gurunath's arrest has "tremendously harmed the credibility of Indian cricket. And the process to restore credibility cannot even begin till he [Srinivasan] remains at the helm."

The twist in the entire saga is the Gurunath angle. Srinivasan has already constituted a one-man commission of inquiry, headed by Ravi Sawani, to investigate the spot-fixing allegations against the three Rajasthan Royals players.

If Sawani's report implicates anyone - a player or a member of support staff or management team - from Chennai Super Kings, the report will be forwarded to the disciplinary committee. With Srinivasan, in his capacity as the president, being a member of the three-member committee, there would be clear conflict of interest.

In such a case, his only option would be to recuse himself from the disciplinary committee by stepping down as the president.

Saturday night's events were an about-turn from what transpired on Friday, well before Gurunath's arrest, with several significant statements being made across the spectrum of politics and business that controls Indian cricket. Sahara chairman Subroto Roy, who had earlier this week announced his team's pullout from the IPL and his company's decision to not renew its sponsorship of Indian cricket, indicated he would be willing to reconsider the decision if there was a change of guard. He went so far as to say Sharad Pawar, a former BCCI president, was an "apt" person to head the board once again.

Around the same time a senior member of Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party issued an unambiguous statement saying Srinivasan should go, though the party issued a clarification saying it was issued in a personal capacity and didn't reflect the party's views. On Saturday, Pawar told ESPNcricinfo that the party had no view on the matter. "I have resigned [from the BCCI] five year ago to go to the ICC and don't want to come back."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Raghzzz on May 28, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Guys! you all need to understand, there is sea of difference between betting and fixing. Gurunath has been arrested on Betting I believe, which is not as serious an offence as fixing.

    I am not saying whether he or N Srinivasan are guilty or not, but folks should have a proper perspective in understanding the issues.

    Dont crucify them or anyone for that matter until their hands are proved on fixing.

    Betting can't be an offence.

  • on May 26, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    @chathapuram---------------------Fed up of csk winning every match???

  • chathapuram on May 26, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    This is happening for quit some time. When IPL was played at SOUTH AFRICA lot team sectary of TNCA LOCAL club traveled to witness the match. If any one make a sincere effort to probe what is the reason and who sponsored the trip many more details will come out. I thimk Mr.Dhoni should should not play any more to CSK including todays Final

  • on May 26, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    The damage not seen nor heard about are to the young aspiring cricketers who had the hopes of becomming the next Gayle, Narine,Hussey etc. The opportunity for them to play in the future IPL is gone. Perhaps it is a good thing for cricket. This will deflate the IPL and perhaps bring attention to places like the Caribbean Professional League. I am confident that viewers and sponsors will embrace any alternative. So this could be good for cricket and the caribbean. I hope the administrators in the Caribbean make the most of this opportunity.

  • nayonika on May 26, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Last week I was at a well known Ganesha temple in Pondicherry standing in q after purchasing a special darshan ticket costing Rs.10/-. To my horror I found that some families tipped the ticket amount to the peon who was controlling the gate and allowed them ahead of us. When we protested the fellow gave a quiet smile like the smile on Ganesha's face and nobody said anything. Mind you, the CCTV cameras were on. We practice corruption in front of God and then invoke his blessings. There is no conflict of interest for the devotee. It is for the deity. Now you decide who is the temple peon, devotees,deity in this IPL/BCCI darshan. Oh, also decide who is the priest as nothing happens without his knowledge.

  • GRVJPR on May 26, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    People just say for the sake of saying. No One is actually hurt, No One will actually stop watching cricket, No One actually means that Game of cricket has a black patch ---------- We all are hypocrites!

  • screamingeagle on May 26, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    The way things are going, probably we will end up banning most franchises.

  • sahbas_s on May 26, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    someone talked about greed a week ago...unfortunately bcz of few, this final game has lost all its thrilling and glamour and many like me won't be interested to watch!!

  • Raaju14 on May 26, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    It doesn't matter whether Srinivasan stays as a President of BCCI or not, BCCi-IPL is responsible for providing clarity on this whole spot fixing issue that has damaged the reputation of the Cricket as a game in India and it has hurt the huge Cricket lovers sentiments badly. BCCi-IPL with the help of law makers must make sure such acts are punishable by the Law in the future. It doesn't make any sense to demand for the termination of CSK citing whatever the interpretation of Franchise agreements because if this was the case, RR's contract should have been terminated too. The issue should be looked at more objectively by the Media as well rather than emotionally. BCCI-IPL should spare no efforts in restoring the reputation of Indian Cricket keeping in mind the millions of Cricket lovers' sentiments and re-assure that Cricket in India will continue to be a Gentlemen's game by demonstrating absolute governance.

  • Romenevans on May 26, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    CSK should be terminated and then given to Rajasthan Royals. LOL!

  • Raghzzz on May 28, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Guys! you all need to understand, there is sea of difference between betting and fixing. Gurunath has been arrested on Betting I believe, which is not as serious an offence as fixing.

    I am not saying whether he or N Srinivasan are guilty or not, but folks should have a proper perspective in understanding the issues.

    Dont crucify them or anyone for that matter until their hands are proved on fixing.

    Betting can't be an offence.

  • on May 26, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    @chathapuram---------------------Fed up of csk winning every match???

  • chathapuram on May 26, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    This is happening for quit some time. When IPL was played at SOUTH AFRICA lot team sectary of TNCA LOCAL club traveled to witness the match. If any one make a sincere effort to probe what is the reason and who sponsored the trip many more details will come out. I thimk Mr.Dhoni should should not play any more to CSK including todays Final

  • on May 26, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    The damage not seen nor heard about are to the young aspiring cricketers who had the hopes of becomming the next Gayle, Narine,Hussey etc. The opportunity for them to play in the future IPL is gone. Perhaps it is a good thing for cricket. This will deflate the IPL and perhaps bring attention to places like the Caribbean Professional League. I am confident that viewers and sponsors will embrace any alternative. So this could be good for cricket and the caribbean. I hope the administrators in the Caribbean make the most of this opportunity.

  • nayonika on May 26, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Last week I was at a well known Ganesha temple in Pondicherry standing in q after purchasing a special darshan ticket costing Rs.10/-. To my horror I found that some families tipped the ticket amount to the peon who was controlling the gate and allowed them ahead of us. When we protested the fellow gave a quiet smile like the smile on Ganesha's face and nobody said anything. Mind you, the CCTV cameras were on. We practice corruption in front of God and then invoke his blessings. There is no conflict of interest for the devotee. It is for the deity. Now you decide who is the temple peon, devotees,deity in this IPL/BCCI darshan. Oh, also decide who is the priest as nothing happens without his knowledge.

  • GRVJPR on May 26, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    People just say for the sake of saying. No One is actually hurt, No One will actually stop watching cricket, No One actually means that Game of cricket has a black patch ---------- We all are hypocrites!

  • screamingeagle on May 26, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    The way things are going, probably we will end up banning most franchises.

  • sahbas_s on May 26, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    someone talked about greed a week ago...unfortunately bcz of few, this final game has lost all its thrilling and glamour and many like me won't be interested to watch!!

  • Raaju14 on May 26, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    It doesn't matter whether Srinivasan stays as a President of BCCI or not, BCCi-IPL is responsible for providing clarity on this whole spot fixing issue that has damaged the reputation of the Cricket as a game in India and it has hurt the huge Cricket lovers sentiments badly. BCCi-IPL with the help of law makers must make sure such acts are punishable by the Law in the future. It doesn't make any sense to demand for the termination of CSK citing whatever the interpretation of Franchise agreements because if this was the case, RR's contract should have been terminated too. The issue should be looked at more objectively by the Media as well rather than emotionally. BCCI-IPL should spare no efforts in restoring the reputation of Indian Cricket keeping in mind the millions of Cricket lovers' sentiments and re-assure that Cricket in India will continue to be a Gentlemen's game by demonstrating absolute governance.

  • Romenevans on May 26, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    CSK should be terminated and then given to Rajasthan Royals. LOL!

  • Romenevans on May 26, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    I really don't know about others, but i was always a huge fan of IPL, but this fixing scandal and the way BCCI chief runs this beautiful game with sheer arrogance and mafia type attitude is unacceptable. It has badly turned me off and i don't think i have any interest left in IPL.

    Unfortunately the game we all loved so much is in the hand of people who wants to dictate their terms and thinks they are bigger than the game. If this continues there will be one day when stadiums will be empty and cricketers will be treated like Hockey players. Nobody will care, who played, where they played, who lost and who won.

    Sadly but good bye from me! :(

  • jameshuck on May 26, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    I am not surprised. Is it possible that some board members are also involved? (Can't trust anyone nowadays.) CSK contract should have been terminated. Not doing so may mean ..... Regardless of the success of the team, there is a moral and legal issue. What will happen in case of a civil suit?

  • the_blue_android on May 26, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    I believe everyone will be absolved as soon as all parties get a piece of the pie. The three cricketers will turn into the sacrificial lambs.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 26, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    When Deccan Charges flouted some rule (by mortgaging DC for a loan), BCCI chief was quick to scrap them. He has to show the same alacrity in scrapping CSK.

    As per clause 12.3 of the IPL rules, CSK has to be scrapped. If Srinivasan does this, he is being fair and there is no need for him to resign.

    BCCI did not give enough time for DC to find a buyer and was swift in consigning them to waste paper basket. He has to do it to his own team CSK now.

    Otherwise, the brazen conflict of interest - which is there for all to see - will become visible even to the blind.

  • on May 26, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Its a pity that the Law Minister says that IPC cannot be applied to spot fixing. The people go to the field to see a fair play. If there is fixing, then is is it not a fraud played with the public. Do these acts not come under Sec 420.

    It is a shame that the people in the Govt do not have ways and means to make laws against corruption, rape.

  • Vishal_07 on May 26, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    @ramv11, no, that won't absolve Srinivasan of everything as he and M. Gurunath are related and Gurunath is part of the CSK management. The only, I repeat, only way for Srinivasan to not have conflict of interest is to recuse himself of any enquiries on CSK related matters.

  • YogifromNY on May 26, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    @Cricket_Blogger_USA - what reputation? The BCCI has shown time and again it manages for its own profit and power, not for the good of Indian cricket. If it cared about the reputation of Indian cricket, they would have acted in unison to start the process to force Srinivasan out by now. What a disgrace!

  • on May 26, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    I really feel pity for the whole league. The brilliance is tainted by unfortunate saga of fixing. Game of gentlemen now became the game of thugs. I wonder how the ICC will handle the situation as it is quite evident that ICC is hijacked by so called cricket power house.

  • sal7 on May 26, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    @Nagaraja Gundappa & poetryinmotion- Thank you both for stating simple facts amid the yarns that are being spun.

  • on May 26, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Seeing lot of support for Team CSK in Twitter & Facebook pages from fans especially from the North of India.. Not many teams have their support base outside their territory.. That is for the Sheer joy CSK had given us over the years...Can also see some die hard fans of other teams cry for the ouster of CSK.. Understandable as CSK had outsed their teams many a times during the Play-offs / Finals... To every Cricket fan:There wont be IPL without CSK.. #CSK #IPL #MI

  • southcity on May 26, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Logic and law will not be able stand up against the emotions against Srinivasan. At the cost of his reputation, he may step down to have peace of mind and let the law take its course.

  • LillianThomson on May 25, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Rules are rules. If the Team Principal of CSK is found to have engaged in illegal betting or corruption, then CSK has to be terminated as an IPL franchise. Period.

    But even worse, if that doesn't happen while that Team Principal's father-in-law happens to be BCCI President, then the very structure of Indian cricket is manifestly subject to nepotism and poor governance. At that point the rest of the cricket world has to work out if it is prepared to sell itself for India's rupees.

    Of course this should never have been able to happen. How can a senior office bearer in a sport be allowed to own a franchise and have his daughter's husband run it? It breaks every standard of governance related to Conflicts of Interest.

  • on May 25, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    "The BCCI will follow strictly all its rules."

    Changing any along the way that threaten to derail the gravy train.

  • fancythat on May 25, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    CSK should forfeit the final.

    The whole IPL is now worthless and discredited by fixing, corrupt people and gambling controlling it.

  • fancythat on May 25, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Seems a shame the IPL is being tarnished by the corruption associated with Indian illegal gambling .

    the man at the top should not investigate his own links are too close.

    CSK due to their breach of basic ethics these allegations highlight should forfeit their final whilst uder investigation and if guilty penalised by expulsion.

    Sorry ` play` the game fair or it will ruin this competition which is already devalued by corruption/ gambling interests.

  • on May 25, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    The statement by Nagaraj that Meiyappan may have been acting in his personal capacity, hence Srinivasan is not liable appears laughable for its naiveté. He's the BCCI President and CSK Team Owner, whose SIL is a team principal who is betting on IPL matches with full inside information, right under his nose, one who he sees regularly during the season. Either Srinivasan should be sacked for dereliction of duty, or if he is complicit he is guilty under the law. In the US, Pete Rose, an all time great batter, with the most number of hits and many other records is banned for life from being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame for betting on baseball while a manager with the Cincinnati Reds. Only in India can a Srinivasan thumb his nose at his critics and have a reasonable chance of getting away with it.

  • peterss on May 25, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Gurunath has been arrested for BETTING! Anyone can bet, you or me! CSK is of no fault for this! The matches were not spot fixed like Rajasthan's. Hence, ridiculous to ask for CSK to be terminated. If matches were fixed, then of course terminate the embarrassing franchise. Rajasthan's is much more serious since it was fixed. Wonder why people are targeting CSK perhaps bcos they have been so successful over 6 yrs. Terminating is the only way to beat them?

  • glen1 on May 25, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    All systems when they expand too fast will run into these problems, and laws can only follow. IPL is a great entertainment for the masses, and a good source of income for the cricketeers. There is no reason for Srinivasan to resign, but if he fails to clean up the system, then it would be morally wrong. Simultaneously laws need to be put in place against tampering with the game. Outside India, there is universal hate for the success of IPL. It would be wrong for the Indian media to inadvertently play into this and seek the demise of IPL. But the big question is: what happens to betting? Will it go on, or will it be legalized?

  • on May 25, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @poetryinmotion your arguement that csk cant terminated or auctioned is absolutely wrong.Agreed Gurunath does not own India cements nor is a shareholder which is to confirmed as he works in India cements with his wife Rupa.For your information and others let me tell you something if you heard something called Indian Contract Act in that there is law a which states if some third party deals/contracts on your behalf and you remain silent after knowing the fact then your liable for the contract.In the given case Gurunath was the face of the team all thro going to auction bidding representing the team all this happened with India cements knowledge so now they cant say he is nobody and escape termination.It has been proved he placed bets which is illegal and as per BCCI clause liable for franchisee termination.Get your facts right

  • Alexk400 on May 25, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    He should not resign at all. I do not like N srinivasan's methods. But i do not think he should quit because of bad sheep in his family. He needs to sell CSK to someone else. India cements can not be allowed to own CSK for sure.

  • rimx12 on May 25, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Alot of people here are not able to understand what the issue is actually. This guy who is arrested is a CSK official member representing his franchise at different forums also called on as the CEO of the CSK. Anybody know who a CEO is ? He was involved directly with the team wth access to dressing room talkn abt strategy involved in the management and execution of decisions at mgt level. CEO is the most powerful and the one wth the main authority and access to each and evrythng. That is the reason why it is a major conflict of interest here and such a major concern and he occupies the most central role of the franchise. He is no coach. Ipl integrity is at danger here also of the BCCI president. How BCCI can setup an independent inquiry on the franchise whose owner he himself is ? complete failure of governance on BCCI part.

  • ramv11 on May 25, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Question: What if Srinivasan sells/donates/pass on to someone else all his shares in India cements and resigns from his position as MD of India Cements? Doesn't that completely remove all 'conflict of interest'?

  • on May 25, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    At least so far, Gurunathan is only being charged for betting and forgery; not spot fixing as yet. After the initial investigations are over and Gurunathan is charge-sheeted only under betting and forgery and not fixing, there is no reason for Srinivasn to resign as Gurunathan would have only committed a personal offence and would not have endangered the interest of the team or tried to influence the results of match indrectly!! We must look at the issue objectively and not emotionally!

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 25, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    I hope some SENSE prevails in India. Why would you terminate a franchise as successful as CSK simply cause of one corrupt person ? It's like telling me Manchester United should be terminated simply because Alex Ferguson was corrupt. GIVE ME A BREAK ! CSK must continue to exist as a T20 cricket club and must be owned by another person or group. With the kind of money floating around in India, I don't think that should be a problem. The city of Chennai LOVED this team. I am sure there will be MASS protests should a controversial decision be reached. That will cripple Indian cricket for a LONG time.

  • Cricket_Blogger_USA on May 25, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    I think board members should use "Scenario 2: If board members want Srinivasan ousted immediately" to maintain boards reputation in criketing world.

  • Rahul_78 on May 25, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    The captain has decided not to abandon the sinking ship. The end is inevitable for Srinivasan. There is clear conflict of interest, morality issues and most important the honor of position he he holding at the moment. Just pray that police dont buckle under the pressure of big wigs and clean up as much as possible. The Indian cricket fan who pay to watch the cricket in India deserve to see nothing less then guilty being punished and jailed.

  • on May 25, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    What poetryinmotion has said is absolutely right

  • bharath74 on May 25, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Why should he resign for his son-in-law's greediness, if that guy is guilty punish him. Irregularities are happening in every sport, u just have to curb them. BCCI is the best when it comes to management and it takes care of its players very well.

  • Kannan_R on May 25, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    " At last someone talks sense - (poetryinmotion). CSK cannot be terminated unless one of its player or Franchiser, India Cements) commits something illegal. Lets focus on the cricket maan. This is not cricket...:)

  • Batmanindallas on May 25, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Poetryinmotion your interpretation is very narrow. Gurunath was an agent of CSK and he represented the owners thereby they are liable for his actions. Gurunath is an agent even if there is no contract -he has represented himself to be so by his actions-CSK and Indian Cements have done nothing to deny it. Go look up the law

  • VenkyN on May 25, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    I find the holier than thou attitude, and the false moralising of the media and most of the posters here laughable. Did the man bet on something or did he fix matches ? Before this is determined, and before his guilt is proven, everything is smoke. If he betted on the game, he did something illegal, but it was not morally reprehensible as many here seem to imply. This is a man with a lot of money, who decided to bet some of that money on a sport that he appears to understand. If that is morally wrong, every person going to Macao, or Las Vegas, or Monte Carlo is guilty of that moral turpitude to some degree. I guess it is convenient to simply pick a high profile person who bets as a scapegoat to gloss over the larger problem in this case, which is that the common man bets a ton as well on these games. Seeing the genuine pleasure with which CSK and most of the other teams play the game, I refuse to believe that all of this is a scripted exercise.

  • Vishal_07 on May 25, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Keep going like this, BCCI, and pretty soon you will be taken over by the Central Government. As a cricket fan, it is like pick your poison - BCCI managing cricket or Government of India (the Sports Ministry) doing the same. Neither option is heartening as a fan but of late BCCI has gone much worse!

  • latecut_04 on May 25, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Of course he cant be bull dozed that is not needed..he needs to be dismissed from BCCI pending investigation..

  • pull_shot on May 25, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    really this came at wrong year next year because of parliament elections which is biggest political event in world there r doubts in ipl in india.

  • ARad on May 25, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Good post by @poetryinmotion. It would be prudent for N Srinivasan to recuse himself from the investigations and committee affairs related to investigations but it is hardly fair to assume a person to be guilty before verdict or guilty by association. We need to know the exact details which does not appear to be available at this point but the number of people (who do have fair concerns about the conflicts of interest) are allowing their imagination to run a bit too wild...

  • Punters_Mate on May 25, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    And now perhaps people will understand why the rest of world cricket views the Indian strength and influence in world cricket with a lot of suspicion.

  • poetryinmotion on May 25, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    CSK CAN'T BE AUCTIONED, PLEASE UNDERSTAND THE BASIS OF LAW - 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.

  • poetryinmotion on May 25, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    I agree, Srinivasan has done nothing wrong. You can't declare someone guilty by association. If anything there is a case for Rajiv Shukla to resign since he is the IPL chairman and the scandal has happened on his watch. Shukla has failed in his role and his continuance as IPL chairman is untenable.

  • AvidFanDownUnder on May 25, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    "Satyameva Jayate - Truth Alone Triumphs" - doesn't matter what anyone says - God knows the truth and if the liars are around they will be caught. There is an important principle in running businesses - Corporate Governance - it seems the BCCI could do with a refresher course on these principles. One of the primary principles of Corporate Governance is avoiding conflicts of interest - real and implied - by taking steps to protect oneself from afore mentioned conflicts of interest by separating duties, putting safeguards into place or avoiding the conflict of interest altogether. It is abundantly clear that these safeguards have not been met and the consequences need to be faced. When an organisation is big, it can either use its size for the benefit of all others or to bully others (as the BCCI has done) - the only probem with this is of course when the fall comes everyone else will be lining up for some payback. At the end of the day my friends the truth will come out.

  • sawnoff on May 25, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    according the CSK should be auctioned and given to other Franchise, like the Deccan chargers, when irregularities were found it should also be seen that the franchise did not have member in the administration near or distant this would create a conflict of interest which was seen in the previous auction. the players have done nothing wrong and people love to watch cricket. the way people appreciated SRH this year. Srinivasan should step down or should not be a part of any committee which is investigating the dark issues.

  • dbk86 on May 25, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    A very bad week for cricket and IPL. If CSK is found guilty, then they should be terminated from IPL. Chennai needs to be re-auctioned by some other corporate. BCCI should take strict actions against the fixers so that the players and officials won't have the courage to do the same corruption again. If needed CSK shouldn't play the final. It should be played between RR and Mi again tomorrow! Cricket is a gentleman's game and BCCI and ICC should take all the actions to clean up these mess.

  • dinosaurus on May 25, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It is indeed a sad day for Indian cricket in particular. Yet it may yet be the start of a necessary reform process - one that has been thwarted on many occasions (the names Malcolm Speed and John Howard come immediately to mind). Cricket in India is the major money machine in world cricket, but these events show that the benefits have not flowed as much to cricket as to "special interests". I'm sure the good will is there to make a change for the better.

  • on May 25, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    IPL's own rule book mandates disqualification of the team which has bought disrepute to the tournament. CSK should not be allowed to enter in Eden Gardens to play final. I hope common sense prevails. Time for an action Mr. Rajiv Shukla.

  • Alexk400 on May 25, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    N srinivasan should not resign. CSK team should be owned by someone other than srinivasan and India cements. It needs to be auctioned to some other corporate. Period. I think making him owning India cements and allowed to have BCCI chief post is a mistake. He may not fixed anything but he did moves that benefit CSK too much in my mind. I want lalit modi back but his wings cut and should work under few people.

  • on May 25, 2013, 6:10 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.

  • Philly.rocks on May 25, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    In order to save the last pride of cricket in India, CSK should be scrapped immediately and Srinivasan must go now without any further delay. Otherwise, he may influence in fair investigation.

  • Single_Man_Army on May 25, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Scrapping CSK might not be the solution. By doing so, the IPL is only gonna lose the following of several people and celebrated rivalries which include CSK. This hs been a horrible week for Cricket...:(

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  • Single_Man_Army on May 25, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Scrapping CSK might not be the solution. By doing so, the IPL is only gonna lose the following of several people and celebrated rivalries which include CSK. This hs been a horrible week for Cricket...:(

  • Philly.rocks on May 25, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    In order to save the last pride of cricket in India, CSK should be scrapped immediately and Srinivasan must go now without any further delay. Otherwise, he may influence in fair investigation.

  • on May 25, 2013, 6:10 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.

  • Alexk400 on May 25, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    N srinivasan should not resign. CSK team should be owned by someone other than srinivasan and India cements. It needs to be auctioned to some other corporate. Period. I think making him owning India cements and allowed to have BCCI chief post is a mistake. He may not fixed anything but he did moves that benefit CSK too much in my mind. I want lalit modi back but his wings cut and should work under few people.

  • on May 25, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    IPL's own rule book mandates disqualification of the team which has bought disrepute to the tournament. CSK should not be allowed to enter in Eden Gardens to play final. I hope common sense prevails. Time for an action Mr. Rajiv Shukla.

  • dinosaurus on May 25, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It is indeed a sad day for Indian cricket in particular. Yet it may yet be the start of a necessary reform process - one that has been thwarted on many occasions (the names Malcolm Speed and John Howard come immediately to mind). Cricket in India is the major money machine in world cricket, but these events show that the benefits have not flowed as much to cricket as to "special interests". I'm sure the good will is there to make a change for the better.

  • dbk86 on May 25, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    A very bad week for cricket and IPL. If CSK is found guilty, then they should be terminated from IPL. Chennai needs to be re-auctioned by some other corporate. BCCI should take strict actions against the fixers so that the players and officials won't have the courage to do the same corruption again. If needed CSK shouldn't play the final. It should be played between RR and Mi again tomorrow! Cricket is a gentleman's game and BCCI and ICC should take all the actions to clean up these mess.

  • sawnoff on May 25, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    according the CSK should be auctioned and given to other Franchise, like the Deccan chargers, when irregularities were found it should also be seen that the franchise did not have member in the administration near or distant this would create a conflict of interest which was seen in the previous auction. the players have done nothing wrong and people love to watch cricket. the way people appreciated SRH this year. Srinivasan should step down or should not be a part of any committee which is investigating the dark issues.

  • AvidFanDownUnder on May 25, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    "Satyameva Jayate - Truth Alone Triumphs" - doesn't matter what anyone says - God knows the truth and if the liars are around they will be caught. There is an important principle in running businesses - Corporate Governance - it seems the BCCI could do with a refresher course on these principles. One of the primary principles of Corporate Governance is avoiding conflicts of interest - real and implied - by taking steps to protect oneself from afore mentioned conflicts of interest by separating duties, putting safeguards into place or avoiding the conflict of interest altogether. It is abundantly clear that these safeguards have not been met and the consequences need to be faced. When an organisation is big, it can either use its size for the benefit of all others or to bully others (as the BCCI has done) - the only probem with this is of course when the fall comes everyone else will be lining up for some payback. At the end of the day my friends the truth will come out.

  • poetryinmotion on May 25, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    I agree, Srinivasan has done nothing wrong. You can't declare someone guilty by association. If anything there is a case for Rajiv Shukla to resign since he is the IPL chairman and the scandal has happened on his watch. Shukla has failed in his role and his continuance as IPL chairman is untenable.