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IPL 2013 spot fixing controversy: Catching up with the past

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Mumbai: Indian Premier League (IPL) teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were on Tuesday suspended for two years by the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee in the 2013 IPL betting and spot fixing scandal.

Former CSK team official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra were suspended for life from any cricketing activity undertaken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The guilty duo were also suspended from any cricket related activity for a period of five years. They were earlier found guilty of betting in the scandal that rocked the lucrative Twenty20 tournament in 2013.

The following timeline traces the scandal that began with the arrests of three Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

May 16, 2013: Delhi Police arrest Sreesanth, Ankit Chauhan, Ajit Chandila, Sreesanth’s friend and alleged bookie Jiju Janardhan and 10 other bookies.

May 17, 2013: BCCI suspends former Rajasthan Royals player Amit Singh.

May 18, 2013: Ajit Chandila’s house searched by Delhi Police for more information on the spot fixing case.

May 20, 2013: Rajasthan Royals terminate contracts with the three accused players.

May 21, 2013: Mumbai police arrest actor Vindoo Dara Singh for his alleged links with bookies.

May 23, 2013: Mumbai police team searches Meiyappan’s residence in Chennai.

May 24, 2013: Mumbai police arrest Meiyappan on charges of betting, cheating and conspiracy. India Cements executive president T.S. Raghupathy says Meiyappan was neither the owner, nor CEO/team principal of Chennai Super Kings, only a cricket “enthusiast”.

May 26, 2013: BCCI appoints a three-man commission consisting of Justice T. Jayaram Chouta, Justice R. Balasubramanian and BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale to look into the betting charges against Meiyappan.

May 28, 2013: Rajasthan Royals trio Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan are sent to judicial custody in Tihar. Ankeet Chavan granted bail until June 6 for his marriage.

May 31, 2013: BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke step down.

June 1, 2013: IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla resigns.

June 2, 2013: BCCI president N. Srinivasan steps aside temporarily, Jagmohan Dalmiya takes over as interim president.

June 5, 2013: Kundra is questioned by Delhi Police on the accused players.

June 10, 2013: Kundra suspended by BCCI for indulging in betting. Sreesanth and two others are granted bail by the court.

July 28, 2013: Two-member probe panel rules there is no evidence of any wrongdoing against Kundra, Meiyappan, India Cements and Rajasthan Royals.

July 30, 2013: The Bombay High Court rules the BCCI’s two-man probe panel as illegal, and asks how could it declare everyone innocent without even speaking to police.

August 1, 2013: The Bombay High Court dismisses the findings of the BCCI-appointed probe panel that gave clean chit to Meiyappan and Kundra on the PIL filed by Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma.

August 5, 2013: The BCCI moves the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court decision.

August 31, 2013: The Supreme Court issues notice to BCCI, N. Srinivasan, his company India Cements – which owns Chennai Super Kings – and Rajasthan Royals on an appeal challenging the Bombay High Court order for not appointing a fresh committee to probe the alleged corruption in IPL.

September 13, 2013: Sreesanth and Chavan benned for life by BCCI while Amit Singh is banned for five years.

September 22, 2013: Mumbai police file charge-sheet against Meiyappan and umpire Asad Rauf based on incriminating evidence against them.

October 8, 2013: The Supreme Court appoints a three-member committee headed by former high court judge Mukul Mudgal.

February 10, 2014: The Mudgal panel finds Meiyappan guilty of betting and passing on team information during IPL 2013. The probe also adds that Meiyappan has been proved to be a team official of Chennai Super Kings.

March 28, 2014: The Supreme Court asks Srinivasan to step down as the BCCI president and names Sunil Gavaskar as the interim chief of the board for IPL-7.

April 16, 2014: The Supreme Court rejects Srinivasan’s request to return to the BCCI fold and reveals that his name features in the inquiry report submitted by the Mudgal Committee.

April 29, 2014: BCCI suggests a three-man committee to the SC to probe IPL scandal.

April 22, 2014: The SC asks the Mudgal Committee to investigate the IPL corruption issue.

May 22, 2014: The Supreme Court declines Srinivasan’s plea to be reinstated as the BCCI president for non-IPL affairs.

June 12, 2014: The SC allows Srinivasan to contest for the top ICC post, decline petition by Cricket Association of Bihar.

July 18, 2014: The Supreme Court relieves Sunil Gavaskar as interim president of BCCI – IPL affairs and says board vice-president Shivlal Yadav will continue in the interim capacity as chief of BCCI for all non-IPL related matters.

November 3, 2014: The Mudgal Committee submits its final report in the IPL corruption case to the Supreme Court.

November 10, 2014: The SC takes up the multiple reports submitted by the Mudgal Committee and postpones the hearing till November 14.

November 11, 2014: The Bombay High Court squashes the conflict of interest PIL against Srinivasan, filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar, challenging two amendments in BCCI rules allegedly to favour Srinivasan.

November 21, 2014: Srinivasan seeks reinstatement as BCCI chief.

November 27, 2014: The SC drops suggestions whether those named in the Mudgal Committee report could keep out of BCCI elections and the CSK franchise could be scrapped.

December 1, 2014: The SC says the onus is on disproving conflict of interest on Srinivasan.

December 9, 2014: The SC proposes a high-powered committee to cleanse cricket.

December 10, 2014: Srinivasan agrees to keep away from the IPL, seeks an SC nod for reinstatement as BCCI president.

December 17, 2014: The SC asks players and administrators with interests not to run the game and reserves order in the alleged betting and spot-fixing scam case.

January 22, 2015: The SC bars Srinivasan from standing for any post in the BCCI.

January 22, 2015: The SC sets up a three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha to determine appropriate punishments for Meiyappan, Kundra and their respective franchises.

July 11, 2015: The three-member panel says it will announce the quantum of punishment on July 14 for Meiyappan, Kundra and their teams – CSK and Rajasthan Royals respectively – for their involvement in the scandal.

July 14, 2015: Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are suspended for two years by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee. Former CSK team official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra are also suspended for life from BCCI related activity.

(IANS)

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BCCI’s Resemblance to Popular Western Movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

The 'Good' is the way the Indian cricket team is progressing as a world-class performer

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It has gun slingers, gun fights and the pot of gold, "the money chest of the BCCI". Pixabay

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) presently has a great resemblance to the popular western movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. It has gun slingers, gun fights and the pot of gold, “the money chest of the BCCI”.

The ‘Good’ is the way the Indian cricket team is progressing as a world-class performer. There is far more consistency in all the aspects of the game and they look like a champion side which is far better than any before. Their success has led to a commercial bonanza not only for the players but for the institution they represent, the BCCI. Cricket viewership through television and the mobile has grown by leaps and bounds, thereby, generating an interest for which the numbers were a dream a decade back. Growth such as this is never an instant formula and one has to give the BCCI and many of their stalwarts kudos in creating a sports body that has become such a huge success.

The ‘Good’ is also in the realisation that the BCCI needs to change to ensure a systematic development of cricket in India and to make the game a pleasant entertainment for the millions of cricket lovers following it. The BCCI needs a radical change to carry it through successfully in the years to come. The cricket body is now a full-fledged business corporate that requires professionalism and regulations to ensure complete transparency in their operations.

The ‘Bad’ is in the way, even with the intervention of the Supreme Court of India and their judgment three years ago to implement the proposal discussed and argued based on the Justice Lodha recommendations, the action to do so is still languishing without a clear-cut conclusion. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Amicus Curiae’s appointment by the highest judiciary of the land, has unfortunately not been able to get things in order.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) presently has a great resemblance to the popular western movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Pixabay

One does feel sorry for, as one could say in the western movie context, the Marshals and the Sheriffs appointed to eradicate and capture the bunch of gangs that controlled cricket in India and in their state associations. To do so they needed to be far more in command as the BCCI was being run by very powerful, rich and influential individuals. To topple and get some of them in-line would require much more than words and written communication. One can now finally see a stern command in the way the head of the COA Vinod Rai has called for the BCCI election, which must have been the result of years of frustration of not being able to do so even through friendship and an amicable relationship.

A firm hand was what was required as most of the people controlling cricket administration at every level, have only one distinct aim and that is one of “Kissa Kursi Ka”. The chair/throne is what gives and gave them status, fame, importance and the famous quote by Lord Acton suits them perfectly, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

The Bad need to be eradicated by the Good and prevent it from the ‘Ugly’ which is at present synonymous with how the BCCI is perceived. Each and every day, there seems to be some negative and controversial news of individuals and state associations opposing the COA and BCCI, with statements and court cases. The sharp shooters in this case are the legal luminaries who are raking in a fortune to keep the gang war sufficiently ignited. The BCCI is losing crores of money battling legal cases, money that could be spent for the betterment of the game of cricket.

The quicker the BCCI apex body is put into effect, the better it will be for cricket and the development of it at every centre. Presently, at most associations, ad-hoc appointments and committees are being formed by the king makers of yore.

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The BCCI elections to be held on the October 22, will most likely not have some of the important big cricket centres of India partaking in it. The reason being that is they are still to complete registering their constitutions and some are also abstaining from doing so.

The CoA has made it amply clear that those state associations will not be invited to either participate or be funded by the BCCI in the future. Most of the state association leaders and gang members have been rooted firmly on their chairs or through some form of a committee for well over the 9+9 stipulated period. This makes them ineligible for a position either in the BCCI or in their respective associations. They have, however, still got clout to put their proxies in place. The gun fight will, therefore, be between the Good and the Bad. One hopes it does not turn out to be Ugly! (IANS)