On a day when cricket lost one of its bright young prospect Phillip Hughes the Australian opening batsmen to an accident on the cricket field the irony is BCCI the powerhouse of global cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL) has gotten itself a bad rap by the Supreme Court of India which thinks Chennai Super Kings Should be Disqualified as per reports from NDTV. This observation comes at time when India is about start her tour of Australia which is the prelude to the World Cup cricket and how some of the players will react to this.
The honorable Supreme Court observed that since one of its officials of Chennai Super Kings Gurunath Meiyappan son in law of N. Srinivasan who has been called a cricket enthusiast has been indicted for betting by an inquiry committee the court sees the club should be disqualified immediately. Also since N. Srinivasan was the head of BCCI and had controlling stakes with Chennai Super Kings the court observed “Srinivasan’s position as BCCI president might have come in way of him conducting a fair tournament.” Also last Thursday the court said had told N. Srinivasan that his job as BCCI president was to run a successful tournament like the IPL, but as team owner his aim was to win which meant a clear case of conflict of interest.
The whole affair was nothing but a simple case of baking one’s cake and eating it too. The mandarins of Indian cricket saw it fit to take as much profit as they can from this tournament which has helped the Indian cricket team spot new talents and also foreign players have greatly benefitted from it. Already vested interest have stated that by banning Chennai Super Kings will prove to be very counterproductive, however it the very bylaws which they had enacted which has come back to haunt them because it is clearly mentioned that any team official is found indulging in betting and match-fixing, the franchise can be terminated. Now the court has asked the BCCI to act on Justice Mudgal report and those under investigation cannot take part in BCCI’s elections which means N.Srinivasan’s dream of becoming president of BCCI now looks very unlikely.
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