A panel of three retired judges made a landmark judgment on the IPL spot fixing case as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra have been found guilty of betting in the 2013 edition of IPL. Justice RM Lodha, former Chief Justice of India, delivered the verdict conveying that Gurunath Meiyappan and Kundra are suspended for life from any activities related to any type of cricket matches.
The outcome of the IPL spot fixing verdict could have major financial consequences for some of cricket’s biggest names as CSK are captained by India’s ODI captain MS Dhoni while Australian stars Steven Smith and Shane Watson are at the helm of the Rajasthan Royals. The Royals are coached by Indian great Rahul Dravid. Here is a quick summary of the verdict
IPL spot fixing: Answers to some common questions
- What happens to the two franchises—the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) ?
Both have been suspended for two years.
- How many teams will take part in the Indian Premier League?
That is up to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It could choose to induct two more franchisees. Or it could go ahead with a six-team league.
- What happens to the players?
The committee said they were free to play for other teams. That might mean another player auction.
- What happens to Meiyappan and Kundra?
The two of them have been barred from any association with BCCI for five years and from cricket matches for life.
- What happens to N. Srinivasan?
Srinivasan is not directly affected. He is still the elected president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and also BCCI’s representative at the International Cricket Council.But the fact is, Srinivasan was first appointed ICC chairman when he was BCCI’s president-in-exile.
- Can these affected parties appeal against the verdict ?
The Supreme Court in its order of 22 January said that the order of the Lodha committee will be final and binding on BCCI and the concerned parties. But it said the aggrieved parties could appeal the verdict before Justice T.S. Thakur’s bench which passed the original order.
- How does the order impact BCCI financially?
Two teams out of an edition of the IPL is a massive commercial loss, especially given the fact that CSK was one of the most popular and profitable franchises.
- How does the order affect BCCI?
The knives will only get sharper against N. Srinivasan, given that his franchise and his son-in-law have been punished by the Supreme Court-appointed panel. Tuesday’s events should come as a boost to Srinivasan’s rivals within BCCI. This could potentially lead to Srinivasan’s replacement as ICC chairman during BCCI’s next annual general meeting in September.
- What next for the probe panel?
For now, the Justice Lodha committee has only fulfilled one of its mandates i.e. to determine the quantum of punishment to the parties concerned—Meiyappan, Kundra, CSK and RR. The committee has to further examine the role of IPL COO Sundar Raman and come up with recommendations for cleaning up the BCCI.