PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, 1 October
The Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan might have called his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan just a ‘cricket enthusiast’ but Chennai Super Kings opener Michael Hussey has said that the betting accused official was actually running the Indian Premier League team.In his book, Underneath The Southern Cross, Hussey has said that Team owner N Srinivasan had handed the control of the team to Gurunath.
“Our owner was India Cements, headed by Mr Srinivasan,” Hussey wrote in his book.
“As he was also on the board of the BCCI, he gave control of the team to his son-in-law Mr Gurunath. He ran the team along with Kepler Wessels, who was the coach.” The former team principal of Chennai Super Kings, Meiyappan, was chargesheeted along with 21 others for gambling, cheating and criminal conspiracy in the the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. Meiyappan was also accused of revealing confidential information of his team and using the same for betting. However, Srinivasan and India Cements distanced themselves from Gurunath with the BCCI president calling him just a “cricket enthusiast”.
Gurunath was arrested by Mumbai Police in May and named in the betting chargesheet last month. The Supreme Court of India is hearing a matter related to Gurunath. Prior to his arrest, the senior CSK official was involved in the functioning of the Chennai team as he could be spotted in the team dugout, at auction tables. Gurunath also represented himself as the team prinicipal on a verified Twitter account.
After the scandal broke out, a two-member probe panel was constituted by the BCCI and it eventually cleared the Super Kings of any wrongdoing, but the Cricket Association of Bihar moved court and procured a stay order.
The Supreme Court had said yesterday that Srinivasan, who was reelected as BCCI President in the AGM on Sunday, will not participate in matters relating to IPL and the spot-fixing issue. The next hearing is scheduled on 7 October.
Former India medium pacer Debashish Mohanty of Orissa and ex-stumper M S K Prasad of Andhra have found a place in the Cricket Board’s nine-member technical committee, headed by former captain Anil Kumble.
The BCCI, after its AGM held in Chennai on 29 September, had announced that Kumble would head the technical panel for 2013-14 and put up details of the rest of the committee members today on its website.