Corruption in the IPL May 26, 2013

Srinivasan promises fair investigation

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BCCI president N Srinivasan has promised a fair investigation by a three-member commission, which will include a person independent of the board, into the charges against Gurunath Meiyappan, the CSK official and Srinivasan's son-in-law who has been arrested, and the three Rajasthan Royals players allegedly involved in spot-fixing. Srinivasan said he would not be part of the commission and would not be part of its appointment or work.

Srinivasan said the commission would comprise an independent member and two of the following people: IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley, BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke, board secretary Sanjay Jagdale, and former India captain and commentator Ravi Shastri. This commission, Srinivasan said, would be responsible for investigating and deciding whether Gurunath was an owner of the Super Kings franchise.

Gurunath had been part of the Super Kings table at IPL auctions, at team owners meetings with other franchises, present near the team dug-out and at post-match presentation ceremonies. His Twitter account bio said he was the "team principal" and several articles on the franchise website referred to him as "owner," as did his IPL accreditation. However, when Srinivasan was confronted by this question, his answer was evasive and ambiguous.

"We have appointed a commission and in my statement I said the commission will determine this aspect also, and he [Gurunath] has been travelling with the team, he's been enthusiastic, fine," Srinivasan said. "What his role was, whether it transcended any rule … I have already read in a statement saying that the commission that is appointed will also deal with it. So I don't want to say anything because there is an inquiry commission that will go into it. I am not going to sit and explain to you what his role was. India Cements, I understand, has already issued a statement on what his role was and what his role was not … So I don't think it is necessary for me to go further on this."

When questioned again on Gurunath's involvement with the Super Kings, Srinivasan said: "He [Gurunath] did not have any role at all. In fact, he never visited the office of the CSK. But he would go, he was enthusiastic. Let the commission find out. You asked me a question, I gave you a reply."

Given that two of the three members of the commission are going to be people with close links to the BCCI, Srinivasan was then asked about its ability to act objectively. His response was indignant. "You cannot presume that people in the board cannot act fairly or properly," he said. "That is the implication of your query, which I do not agree with. I am not going to be involved but there will be an independent person so it's not like the board only will be involved, there will be an independent person."

Persons who have been suspended by the BCCI, known defaulters, fugitives from the Indian justice system and other vested interests keen to discredit me and the BCCI, have indulged in a smear campaign in the last few days. The unfair attack has been relentless.
N Srinivasan

Srinivasan was speaking in Kolkata, four hours before the start of the IPL final. He began addressing a packed room of reporters by saying the last few days had been difficult for him as a father and father-in-law, but said his actions would be nothing but professional.

"I sit here as president of the BCCI and put aside all personal feelings. I can assure you that I will not shirk from my duty however difficult it may be," Srinivasan said. "The BCCI will act without fear or favour to investigate, and if the circumstances warrant, punish any player, match official, team management or franchise that have breached BCCI or IPL regulations.

"The disciplinary procedure under the operational rules shall be initiated and a commission, including at least one member who is entirely independent of the BCCI, will be formed to adjudicate whether Mr Gurunath is in breach of operational rules … the management of the other franchise Rajasthan Royals will also be subject to the same procedure.

"I am not part of this commission. I will not play any role in its appointment, deliberations or decisions. There has been a lot of media comment on clause 11.3 of the franchise agreement and whether Mr. Gurunath is an owner of the franchise. It is for this commission to look into this. The BCCI is very concerned by the allegations that have been made against the IPL, whether those relate to betting or spot fixing. As I have said on a number of occasions, the BCCI will act swiftly and sternly if the allegations are proven."

Srinivasan went on to stress on the principles of natural justice, that people are innocent until proven guilty, and accused the media of overstepping boundaries in their reporting of the issue. "Persons who have been suspended by the BCCI, known defaulters, fugitives from the Indian justice system and other vested interests keen to discredit me and the BCCI, have indulged in a smear campaign in the last few days. The unfair attack has been relentless. The TV news channels have been carrying unverifiable statements devoid of truth.

"An illustration of this type of news would be that there is going to be a divorce within the BCCI. I wish to ensure the cricketing world that this is completely untrue and that there is unity in the BCCI. I have not been asked by anybody to resign. To the contrary, my support is complete, and I refuse to yield to unfair and motivated attacks. I intend to continue my duties as president of the BCCI. It was trial by media for me, you know. If you saw the newspapers, TV channels the only thing they were discussing was my resignation."

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  • GrindAR on May 31, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    I support his stance. Let the mey sayer prove that he in anyway blocking/interrupting the investigation proceedings. If thats happens, he is bound to resign and I assure he will. The highly torturous to be in, is bearing a role of fairness, when everybody doubts. But you know what, it takes a lots and lots of courage and self belief and conciousness to self investigate and make sure there was no ignorance on any little information that came across is not given attention. If a person is not only fully clean by his belief and self discipline, but also his bad wishers dont have any string of any sort to find him guilty on any petty issue. I admire his courage to take this pressure and believe in himself for his honesty and integrity that he exhibitied in his duties of issue. You cannot sue because a person is rich. You have to take action only when a person commit unlawful act. He did not so far... so, he can stay as long as he is innocent.

  • thinkgood on May 27, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Common Media - you are being unfair to a man whose family has betrayed him , his enemies are witch hunting him for supposed reasons of public good but nevertheless were criminals and defaulters themselves and he is held responsible for the evils in this game before he inherited the job. If you really want to clean Cricket , go underworld - probably you dont dare. Hence you are targeting a soft and easy person - your cricket board president....pathetic. Stop this nonsense.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 27, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @Rockers11.1 - could you please give me the height, weight, waist size, complexion and phone number of the person one has to talk to in India Cements on ownership of CSK?

    You need to read a book called "Corporate Laws" before you post your ridiculous views and show your ignorance

  • Ritak on May 27, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    The solution is turn these franchises into clubs. How many franchises are disappearing? Kochi, Deccan, Pune, and Kings XI and RR were nearly but court saved them. IPL is run childishly.

    If franchises became clubs, then it will be like EPL or NBA. The team will become property of team owners and they will have a lot to lose and will be extra careful. They will never dare bet. Who agrees with me?

  • Rockers11.1 on May 27, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    I do not understand why he should resign? If Mumbai police prove the charge against him, Can BCCI decline it? No. So No point arguing about a fair trial.

    And regarding whether he is Team owner or not, India cements is the owner, he is not. Terminating CSK from IPL is a joke, who will watch the league then?

    And to all your knowledge, the allegation against Gurunath is betting not spot fixing. I do not see a news about sreesanth after Gurunath's name popped up. Fixing vs Betting No match at all. Betting should be legalised in INDIA.

  • Haleos on May 27, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @ Nmiduna - Fans would be glad because this is a chance to uproot Srini and his politics. I am a die hard fan and yes I am glad for the above reason.

  • Haleos on May 27, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    @ Kshitijmehta - Very well put. That is how things are done in our country unfortunately. I am sure everyone will walk free even gurunath. Srinivasan has been spoiling indian cricket for long now. What by persisting with players from his beloved home even after mediocre performances. BCCI should be run by people who love the sport not by politicians. Dravid, Kumble, Kapil, Sachin et al should be given responsibility of running cricket in the country. When we involve politicians we are inviting corrupt practices which come by default with them.

  • Haleos on May 27, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    He should have resigned. That would have been fair. But no. he sticks to his post. Whatever he says there can not be a true inquiry with him at the top. Even if he is not part of the Committee. Double standards applied here. CSK should be dissolved or sold to another franchise. @ GoodSportCatalyst - have you heard about Conflict of Interest? @ D-Ascendant - he deserves much more than tht.

  • on May 27, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    It is a hit on our face of the cricket lovers like me in our country. First of all the politicians , actors and the business magnets shall not be allowed to enter in to the game like this .They always donot care for the fans and the followers instead they are particular in making fame,money laundering and destroy the dignity of the sports.. It is shamefull to watch the things happening to cricket.. All who are indulged in the corruption shall be forefitted with the amassing wealth they have and put behind bars for ever..But in our country, we are used to take any kind of corruption, scandals very casually. So nothing good will come out after the investigation process. It is yet another scam.....

  • Kshitijmehta on May 27, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    No point expecting a fair investigation or anything of that sort, especially when the "committee" has two people from the BCCi itself and the third a correspondent for the BCCI who is paid to propagate the body's "good" work on air. All the smoke that has risen will be forgotten, with some scapegoats imprisoned and everything hunky dory within a week. Welcome to India!!

  • GrindAR on May 31, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    I support his stance. Let the mey sayer prove that he in anyway blocking/interrupting the investigation proceedings. If thats happens, he is bound to resign and I assure he will. The highly torturous to be in, is bearing a role of fairness, when everybody doubts. But you know what, it takes a lots and lots of courage and self belief and conciousness to self investigate and make sure there was no ignorance on any little information that came across is not given attention. If a person is not only fully clean by his belief and self discipline, but also his bad wishers dont have any string of any sort to find him guilty on any petty issue. I admire his courage to take this pressure and believe in himself for his honesty and integrity that he exhibitied in his duties of issue. You cannot sue because a person is rich. You have to take action only when a person commit unlawful act. He did not so far... so, he can stay as long as he is innocent.

  • thinkgood on May 27, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Common Media - you are being unfair to a man whose family has betrayed him , his enemies are witch hunting him for supposed reasons of public good but nevertheless were criminals and defaulters themselves and he is held responsible for the evils in this game before he inherited the job. If you really want to clean Cricket , go underworld - probably you dont dare. Hence you are targeting a soft and easy person - your cricket board president....pathetic. Stop this nonsense.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 27, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @Rockers11.1 - could you please give me the height, weight, waist size, complexion and phone number of the person one has to talk to in India Cements on ownership of CSK?

    You need to read a book called "Corporate Laws" before you post your ridiculous views and show your ignorance

  • Ritak on May 27, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    The solution is turn these franchises into clubs. How many franchises are disappearing? Kochi, Deccan, Pune, and Kings XI and RR were nearly but court saved them. IPL is run childishly.

    If franchises became clubs, then it will be like EPL or NBA. The team will become property of team owners and they will have a lot to lose and will be extra careful. They will never dare bet. Who agrees with me?

  • Rockers11.1 on May 27, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    I do not understand why he should resign? If Mumbai police prove the charge against him, Can BCCI decline it? No. So No point arguing about a fair trial.

    And regarding whether he is Team owner or not, India cements is the owner, he is not. Terminating CSK from IPL is a joke, who will watch the league then?

    And to all your knowledge, the allegation against Gurunath is betting not spot fixing. I do not see a news about sreesanth after Gurunath's name popped up. Fixing vs Betting No match at all. Betting should be legalised in INDIA.

  • Haleos on May 27, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @ Nmiduna - Fans would be glad because this is a chance to uproot Srini and his politics. I am a die hard fan and yes I am glad for the above reason.

  • Haleos on May 27, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    @ Kshitijmehta - Very well put. That is how things are done in our country unfortunately. I am sure everyone will walk free even gurunath. Srinivasan has been spoiling indian cricket for long now. What by persisting with players from his beloved home even after mediocre performances. BCCI should be run by people who love the sport not by politicians. Dravid, Kumble, Kapil, Sachin et al should be given responsibility of running cricket in the country. When we involve politicians we are inviting corrupt practices which come by default with them.

  • Haleos on May 27, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    He should have resigned. That would have been fair. But no. he sticks to his post. Whatever he says there can not be a true inquiry with him at the top. Even if he is not part of the Committee. Double standards applied here. CSK should be dissolved or sold to another franchise. @ GoodSportCatalyst - have you heard about Conflict of Interest? @ D-Ascendant - he deserves much more than tht.

  • on May 27, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    It is a hit on our face of the cricket lovers like me in our country. First of all the politicians , actors and the business magnets shall not be allowed to enter in to the game like this .They always donot care for the fans and the followers instead they are particular in making fame,money laundering and destroy the dignity of the sports.. It is shamefull to watch the things happening to cricket.. All who are indulged in the corruption shall be forefitted with the amassing wealth they have and put behind bars for ever..But in our country, we are used to take any kind of corruption, scandals very casually. So nothing good will come out after the investigation process. It is yet another scam.....

  • Kshitijmehta on May 27, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    No point expecting a fair investigation or anything of that sort, especially when the "committee" has two people from the BCCi itself and the third a correspondent for the BCCI who is paid to propagate the body's "good" work on air. All the smoke that has risen will be forgotten, with some scapegoats imprisoned and everything hunky dory within a week. Welcome to India!!

  • urs_kam on May 27, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    After 6 seasons of IPL and winning the title for 2 times, now there is a fact finding exercise on who is the owner for CSK, what a Joke. It is evident from the CSK and Royal's performance after seeing whats happening in their franchise and team. Sachin retired from IPL and Dravid hinted pulling him out after Champions trophy. No wonder many would follow these 2 legends unless the guilt are punished and the sport come clean from these allegations. As a follower of cricket I don't know if I am seeing the real contest. IPL supposed to be bringing upcoming talent to the international arena and with these kinds of things what message it is giving to a Samson, to a Tare, to a Binny, to a Mohit Sharma? How would the foreign players feel when their efforts to pull the team out of trouble is being fixed by someone sitting outside and from the players with whom they shared dressing room and the team management by themselves. Time to act before many other true fans thinks that they are cheated!!!

  • on May 27, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    In India even betting is criminal. specifically betting on horse racing is allowed as an exception. But the larger question remains that there is a tremendous conflict of interest. Mr. Srinivasan heads BCCI and a company that own a Franchise that plays in a league owned and promoted by BCCI. Then, a person, irrespective of whether the owner, who is directly related with one degree to Mr. Srinivasan, is evidently enjoying owner privileges (which here means access), is accused of having engaged in questionable practices related to the sport in that very league. . However, we fans have to remember that BCCI is a privately controlled collective of clubs accross India according to the Supreme Court and BCCI's own submissions in the case against ZEE. So till the criminal charges are filed and proven ( beyond reasonable doubt) we cannot do anything. Technically and strictly legally Mr. Srini is not a public office holder and does not need to satisfy Caesar's wife standards.

  • on May 27, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    IPL become Joke, even before the Final people know that MI is going to Win. In my opinion CBI Enquiry should be ordered on all BCCI & IPL activities. After Mr. Srinivas, every rule has been amended to suit his Company or his position.

  • on May 27, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Make betting legal and taxable, so that big shots like meyiappan can bet. But if has done anything to fix the match to recover his lost money in betting, he should be punished, and regarding Srininvasan, this guy sits on huge corporate empire, and is disciplined. There is a definite agenda to drag his name into this, others are waiting to grab the seat................

  • D-Ascendant on May 27, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Eden Gardens booed him last night. At least he got a little bit of what he deserves.

  • Romenevans on May 27, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Funny thing is Meiyappan was so "Enthusiastic" that he went on to bid for players in auctions.

    In a serious auction, a bidder has to be one of the owners, because if you bid for something then you are responsible for the payment. Hilariously, how can a cricket enthusiast bid for players, was that an auction or a circus going on?

  • Philly.rocks on May 27, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    I became sick of watching all these last couple of days. Mr. Srinivasan said it will be fair investigation. But I dont see how. You created a 3 member panel: two of whom are close ally with him and third one of course from his group. It does not need to be a rocket scientist to conclude the eye wash happening here and Mr. Srinivasanś promise is just to stop/attempt to stop public cry for fair trial. Just look at the trail, it will take you to the root. I wonder whether Srinivasan thinks public that stupid.

  • GoodSportCatalyst on May 27, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Srinivasan has won a lot of admiration in the last 2 days in facing the relentless attack by the media channels like Times Now etc. and other vested interests who wanted him out of BCCI. It is important that he stays in the middle and sorts out these problems which would be good for Indian cricket and IPL. If Srinivasan is proven guilty of any wrong doing then he should definitely quit as BCCI chief, which is not so in this case. It is better to have an industrialist at the top of BCCI than some politician. We should give Mr.Srinivasan and BCCI the trust when they have mentioned that there will be a fair trial by a commission. It is sad that CSK, one of the best IPL teams, a role model team in terms of on field behavior and performance should be going through these issues.

  • on May 27, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    I am sad, IPL has become a joke.

  • on May 26, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    I Think everybody Knows what will be the outcome of the commission i e Gurunath is not the owner of the franchise and am sure people and media will forget everything in few days.

  • Nicks7am on May 26, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    If there is unity within the BCCI, then the whole board is messed up in their minds and hearts. Mr Arun Jaitley - you are representing supposedly the clean BJP. Why don't you speak? Your double standards are appalling. This BCCI, the politicians are is a travesty - the real side of Incredible India.

  • mshyder on May 26, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    It is a complete waste of time. Mr. Srinivasan doesnot need any commission at least on this issue of Gurunath's involvement and position with CSK. As CSK is owned by India Cement and Mr. Srinivasan is the MD of India Cement, how is possible that he is not aware of his son-in-law's position and involvement with CSK. If he is only an eager fan why Mr. Srinivasan never objected to his representation of CSK ? This whole situation could have been cleared by one simple and honest answer by Mr. Srinivasan. But obviously there is something more to it and that is why a commission is needed to present the so called findings as neutral and unbiased.

  • on May 26, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    I do not care for Gurunath or the fixers but answer these questions. Does the BCCI not make enough money for India and for the state cricket associations? Do we not promote cricket internationally? Has the IPL led to discovery of talent and given players a second or third career option not only for players from India but for foreign players as well. Why kill something that is universally good and is looked upon as entertainment just because there are some bad eggs. Now how can one crucify a man for a corrupt son-in-law? This is simply not fair to the BCCI chief. Hope truth prevails and sanity restored. Congrats Mumbai Indians.

  • wonder_if_that_isright on May 26, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    This is really silly from Srinivasan to say the least. If the whole media and the world is asking for his resignation, does he think they are baseless in their justification?

    Does he see he is blinded by the power of his position and wealth? Regardless what is truth and weather the allegations are true or false, the true platform for justice to prevail can be put in place only with his resignation not otherwise. At least, that would make people feel comfortable.

    The cricket fans are angry and their anger is justified. Anyone with proper conscience would resign first and let the justice system work it's own course. If all is proven wrong and he is found not guilty, his respect would have only increased so much more.

    A perfect example of how the weight of ego tries to obstructs the truth to shine through.

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    "to be fair/justifying and bein Srinivasan" is as good as saying north pole and south pole are same.

  • Nutcutlet on May 26, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    A 3 member commission, two of whom are to be personal appointees (i.e. known associates/colleagues of Srinivasan) & one independent member, again drawn from a pool selected by the man himself? The outcome can be deduced from basic arithmetic! I sense a two-to-one majority report coming up, at best. Is there nothing this man can't fix? Surely, it should be a wholly independent body, appointed independent of anyone in the pay of the BCCI which should be tasked with compiling this report? I suspect that it's 'findings' will largely exonerate the doings of Srinivasan & he will roll on, slightly chastened, a little tainted & after he's mouthed some contrition, he'll be back to his old tricks. The leopard does cannot change its spots. It is high time for a clear out -- a fresh start -- otherwise the odour of the doings of this discredited board will contiue to linger & no one who has any critical facility whatsoever, will always be wondering what is REALLY going on. So sad for Ind. cricket!

  • JerryV on May 26, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    "Srinivasan said the commission would comprise an independent member and two of the following people: IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley, BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke, board secretary Sanjay Jagdale, and former India captain and commentator Ravi Shastri. This commission, Srinivasan said, would be responsible for investigating and deciding whether Gurunath was an owner of the Super Kings franchise."

    What a joke! You have the IPL chairman, who has a vested interest in keeping IPL alive, three BCCI officials who have a vested interest in keeping the heat off BCCI, and a commentator who derives a lot of his paycheck from the IPL/BCCI.

    Are all Indian "investigations" equally farcical?

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 26, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Naw uh, sorry Mr. Sriniasan. You should have LEFT when you had the opportunity. This puts the credibility of the BCCI and Indian cricket as a whole under question mark. The IPL shouldn't be singled out because it is relatively new. However, Indian cricket should be looked at as a larger picture. Some of the business practices of the Indian board are bordering on sensitive and ethical issues. Somebody should also tell the BCCI guys that their PR stinks ! Wow, we are living in the 21st century, yet some of the communication practices of the BCCI is a flash from the 70s. No way Srinivasan, no way am I accepting you as genuine or fair. Sorry, looks like Indian cricket is about to lose one of its international supporters soon - me.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 26, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    @nayonika - imagine how it would have been if Srinivasan had said:

    "I am sorry that such a thing has happened. That

    a member of my family, an official of the CSK team who had participated in every auction, sat in most think tank meetings, was part of the player purchase decisions & team strategy discussion team and most importantly, the husband of my daughter who is a Whole Time Director of India Cements that owns an IPL team

    chose to do this saddens me even more.

    I share the hurt sentiments of cricket fans of India in particular and the world which watches IPL with grea interest.

    For these reasons, even though I personally have not committed any wrong, step down as President of BCCI.

    I will continue to be a keen cricket fan, an IPL enthusiast and will make myself available for any discussion or consultation the BCCI or any investigating authority may want with me.

    Once again, my apologies and starting tomorrow, I am an ordinary cricket fan. Thasnk You"

  • rajcan on May 26, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Buying time is a simple trick of appointing panels. Simple as this, a father knowing he is the father of a child, he can say I am not a father to drag time for his own benefit. Then what, child or one representing child goes to court, case and defense asking time, drag on, then court orders for DNA, then results comes, it might take year or two all depends. This is an example to show if someone wants to buy time for something that can be easily proven by DNA, there is a way to do.

    Imagine the Meiyappan scenario. One was part of CSK auction table, represented all high caliber meetings, suddenly become enthusiastic supporter. A committee, not anyone's money, BCCI's money is going to be spent to find out if he is a legal representative of CSK. Time buying, law twisting....

    Bottom line, if you are sitting on wealth and you can explore every hole in the law to defend you...

  • on May 26, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    The MLB commissioner Bud Selig is also owner of a team, the Milwaukee Brewers. So it's not unprecedented.

  • on May 26, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    It depends on what is defined as "fair".

  • on May 26, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Rubbish!!!!!! I am Feeling as if i have been cheated, i spent hours, in watching these prescripted games and now CEO is not resigning, i am not anymore indian cricket team fan.... i feel disgusted all top politician and in the administration and what is the outcome...... corruption everywhere. God Please save my INDIA

  • Clyde on May 26, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    It does not matter what Mr Srinivasin, the BCCI or a BCCI-appointed committee says until it is said in court if and when a case is presented. Corruption is a criminal matter, not to do with cricket, and has to be proved in court. It is not criminal to bet on one's own horse, or even to bet against it. It is criminal to interfere with the race. Observers need to beware of taking what is said outside the court to be relevant. Then, what is said in court may be discredited. On the ethical question, vested interests, the vesting may not be as opaque once the financial aspects of IPL and similar tournaments are reported as thoroughly as they are in horse-racing.

  • Nmiduna on May 26, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    some people here are 'glad' about this news, im a cricket fan, and all i say is, WOWWWW...glad?..excuse me>>...u are glad?...i can say thousand more things but i want this to publish...at-least to show my frustration and anger..how anybody who loves cricket can be 'glad' about this is beyond my understanding..how you people can think that way is..omg...beyond comprehension..

  • Kashi0127 on May 26, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    All these days I have been criticizing Mr. Srinivasan. Over last 2 days I came to realize its a huge media harassment and perhaps politically motivated campaign against him. Do not know the reason other than the fact that he is not a Pawar or Shukla. I developed a huge respect for Mr. Srinivasan - stand up and fight these politicians Mr. Srinivasan , I am with you and probably lot more are out there who may not speak out.

  • on May 26, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    1. It's farcical for Mr. Srinivasan to appoint a commission to investigate the ownership of a team that he himself, at least nominally, owns. It is frustrating to listen to such drivel. He's just being a weasel.

    2. To those who say that it's just betting and not fixing, and hence a lesser or no offense at all - that's just wrong. Even in countries where betting is absolutely legal, people associated with any sporting team are not allowed to bet (not fix, but even bet) on the sport due to the inherent status of being an insider. What Gurunath did would be an offense in any country, any sport.

  • santanuXI on May 26, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @peterss, do you know why Rajat Gupta is serving jail sentence? It was wrong in the first place for Board President's company to own an IPL team. It is also known that he has manipulated posting of umpires in the CSK matches...manipulated auctions (Gurunath was present for CSK in those auctions)....now betting (which is illegal in India) and how are you so sure that fixing was not also part of that betting. Srinivasan does not want to leave his position now because then he will not be able to manipulate the findings of the so called "commissions". With his veto power and financial strength of BCCI he can manipulate anything which is not in favour of him......look at the condition of the our great commentators: they dont utter a single word against Board. Why? Is it difficult to understand?

  • nayonika on May 26, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    I am glad Srinivasan is prepared to sit in the chair,take all flak and criticism until the charges are proved or disproved. This is quite unlike somebody else who sits in some foreign hideout and peeps out now and then like a rat and shouts "didn't i say so"; "i warned you",etc etc. Even if Srinivasan loses his battle atleast he will go down fighting instead of running away like a sewer rat.

  • srinideva on May 26, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    I admire the way he faces the media, personally i love the way he came out and respond the reporters especially reg. lalit modi who is not india for some years, some reason..

  • mansoor0001 on May 26, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Does this mean that he will not influence the people who are in the comission. It is very easy to Influence people as long as he is in that position because people are scared of repurcussions if they do not listen to what he says when he is power. If he really wants this to be fair than he should step down till the investigation is completed than we can consider what he is saying is fair otherwise he is it is understood that he is conniving to influence people by not stepping down. It is very simple to understand but not sure why others do not get the point unless they have vested interests.

  • on May 26, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    as a cricket fan this is as frustrating as it can get.... time for a lot of people to think above themselves, its a pity that we have to expect the government to do something about the cricket board when its clear that there is conflict of interest here for the board president. Although its the same government we came on the streets against a few months ago for setting up an independent anti-corruption unit. So what to expect, also not watching cricket is not an option either since i have been watching the game for 20 years now and its part of the life

  • peterss on May 26, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Glad that he has come out with an independent committee. Lets hope that there is transparency in the investigation. Justice shall prevail. Then again, anti CSK fans would go on bringing down csk since they cant beat them on the field. It was betting for god sake! Not fixing that Gurunath was arrested for! Anyone can bet... its even legal in some parts of the world. Fixing is unacceptable not exactly betting!

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  • peterss on May 26, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Glad that he has come out with an independent committee. Lets hope that there is transparency in the investigation. Justice shall prevail. Then again, anti CSK fans would go on bringing down csk since they cant beat them on the field. It was betting for god sake! Not fixing that Gurunath was arrested for! Anyone can bet... its even legal in some parts of the world. Fixing is unacceptable not exactly betting!

  • on May 26, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    as a cricket fan this is as frustrating as it can get.... time for a lot of people to think above themselves, its a pity that we have to expect the government to do something about the cricket board when its clear that there is conflict of interest here for the board president. Although its the same government we came on the streets against a few months ago for setting up an independent anti-corruption unit. So what to expect, also not watching cricket is not an option either since i have been watching the game for 20 years now and its part of the life

  • mansoor0001 on May 26, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Does this mean that he will not influence the people who are in the comission. It is very easy to Influence people as long as he is in that position because people are scared of repurcussions if they do not listen to what he says when he is power. If he really wants this to be fair than he should step down till the investigation is completed than we can consider what he is saying is fair otherwise he is it is understood that he is conniving to influence people by not stepping down. It is very simple to understand but not sure why others do not get the point unless they have vested interests.

  • srinideva on May 26, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    I admire the way he faces the media, personally i love the way he came out and respond the reporters especially reg. lalit modi who is not india for some years, some reason..

  • nayonika on May 26, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    I am glad Srinivasan is prepared to sit in the chair,take all flak and criticism until the charges are proved or disproved. This is quite unlike somebody else who sits in some foreign hideout and peeps out now and then like a rat and shouts "didn't i say so"; "i warned you",etc etc. Even if Srinivasan loses his battle atleast he will go down fighting instead of running away like a sewer rat.

  • santanuXI on May 26, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @peterss, do you know why Rajat Gupta is serving jail sentence? It was wrong in the first place for Board President's company to own an IPL team. It is also known that he has manipulated posting of umpires in the CSK matches...manipulated auctions (Gurunath was present for CSK in those auctions)....now betting (which is illegal in India) and how are you so sure that fixing was not also part of that betting. Srinivasan does not want to leave his position now because then he will not be able to manipulate the findings of the so called "commissions". With his veto power and financial strength of BCCI he can manipulate anything which is not in favour of him......look at the condition of the our great commentators: they dont utter a single word against Board. Why? Is it difficult to understand?

  • on May 26, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    1. It's farcical for Mr. Srinivasan to appoint a commission to investigate the ownership of a team that he himself, at least nominally, owns. It is frustrating to listen to such drivel. He's just being a weasel.

    2. To those who say that it's just betting and not fixing, and hence a lesser or no offense at all - that's just wrong. Even in countries where betting is absolutely legal, people associated with any sporting team are not allowed to bet (not fix, but even bet) on the sport due to the inherent status of being an insider. What Gurunath did would be an offense in any country, any sport.

  • Kashi0127 on May 26, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    All these days I have been criticizing Mr. Srinivasan. Over last 2 days I came to realize its a huge media harassment and perhaps politically motivated campaign against him. Do not know the reason other than the fact that he is not a Pawar or Shukla. I developed a huge respect for Mr. Srinivasan - stand up and fight these politicians Mr. Srinivasan , I am with you and probably lot more are out there who may not speak out.

  • Nmiduna on May 26, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    some people here are 'glad' about this news, im a cricket fan, and all i say is, WOWWWW...glad?..excuse me>>...u are glad?...i can say thousand more things but i want this to publish...at-least to show my frustration and anger..how anybody who loves cricket can be 'glad' about this is beyond my understanding..how you people can think that way is..omg...beyond comprehension..

  • Clyde on May 26, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    It does not matter what Mr Srinivasin, the BCCI or a BCCI-appointed committee says until it is said in court if and when a case is presented. Corruption is a criminal matter, not to do with cricket, and has to be proved in court. It is not criminal to bet on one's own horse, or even to bet against it. It is criminal to interfere with the race. Observers need to beware of taking what is said outside the court to be relevant. Then, what is said in court may be discredited. On the ethical question, vested interests, the vesting may not be as opaque once the financial aspects of IPL and similar tournaments are reported as thoroughly as they are in horse-racing.