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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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When Was The First Cricket Test Match Played By India?

Not only did the Indian team rattle a very strong English side, it also made the small world of cricket sit up and take notice of their talent

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It was this impact that led to June 25, 1932, going down in India’s cricketing history as a red letter day. Wikimedia Commons
It was this impact that led to June 25, 1932, going down in India’s cricketing history as a red letter day. Wikimedia Commons
  • All-India cricket team played its first cricket test match in England
  • On the same date i.e June 25, India won the ICC cricket world cup in 1983
  • Parsis were the first in India, to show an interest in cricket

Cricket’s journey in India began after British traders and soldiers brought the sport to Indian shores during colonial rule. The first cricket test match in India is believed to have been played by British sailors at Cambay in 1721.

The first Indians to take interest in cricket were the Parsis. They established the Oriental Cricket Club in 1846 and subsequently the Parsi Cricket Club, which sent its team to play in England in 1886 – it played in 28 matches, lost 19, drew eight and won only one.

Unfamiliar with English conditions, the Parsi cricketers were not able to make much of a mark but their adaptability made an impression upon the Englishmen. The resulting appreciation led to another tour two years later.

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The first Indians to take interest in cricket were the Parsis. Wikimedia Commons
The first Indians to take interest in cricket were the Parsis. Wikimedia Commons

After two more unofficial tours in 1888 and 1911 (financed and captained by the young Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupendra Singh), and within three years of the formation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 1928, the first official Indian team left for England to play its first cricket Test match.

Maharaja of Patiala was named the first caption of the Indian team. Prince Ganshyamsinhji of Limbdi was the vice-captain and the Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram was the deputy vice-captain.

Two weeks before the team left for the tour, the Maharaja of Patiala stepped down on health grounds while the Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram withdrew from the team citing his lack of form and fitness. The choice of captain fell upon the Maharaja of Porbandar (who, funnily enough, was undoubtedly the worst player in the team) while Jahangir Khan was drafted into the team as a replacement for Vizzy.

The All-India Cricket team played its first cricket test match in England in 1932. Wikimedia Commons
The All-India Cricket team played its first cricket test match in England in 1932. Wikimedia Commons

When the Indians arrived in England to play their first cricket test match, on April 13, 1932, London newspaper Evening Standard made the following comment on the socio-political significance of the tour:

“No politics, no caste, just cricket. This is the unofficial slogan of the cricket team that has come from India after a lapse of 21 years. There has never been such a team of contrasts meeting on the common footing of cricket. The 18 players speak eight to 10 languages among them and belong to four or five different castes.”

The Maharaja of Porbandar was relying on Limbdi before he strained his back in a minor match, afterwards he handed over the captaincy to Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu.

The superbly fit and strong Nayudu was India’s best batsman and had just smashed the first Indian century of the tour in style. The Star’s headline on May 22, 1932, summed it all up: “The Hindu Bradman in Form at Lord’s”.

Choosing Nayudu, who would go on to be Wisden Cricketer Of The Year in 1933, as the captain of the team was thus a very wise decision by the Maharaja of Porbandar. Wikimedia Commons
Choosing Nayudu, who would go on to be Wisden Cricketer Of The Year in 1933, as the captain of the team was thus a very wise decision by the Maharaja of Porbandar. Wikimedia Commons

As India’s first cricket test match unfolded, the performance of the relatively raw Indian side left the English shocked in the first half-hour itself.

After winning the toss and opting for batting first, Sutcliffe and Holmes, Yorkshire’s record-smashing opening pair (they had put on 555-run partnership just nine days ago), walked out full of cool confidence.

But some excellent bowling by Indian fast bowlers, Mohammad Nissar and Amar Singh, reduced the English team to a dismal 19-3 in the first 20 minutes!

At the end of their first day in International Test cricket, the Indian team stood at 30 without loss, a respectable scoreline against the formidable English side. Wikimedia Commons
At the end of their first day in International Test cricket, the Indian team stood at 30 without loss, a respectable scoreline against the formidable English side. Wikimedia Commons

After the worst possible start, English captain Douglas Jardine and Wally Hammond began stitching together a partnership, but it was difficult with the Indians bowling with nagging accuracy and fielding with sharp agility. Hammond lost his wicket just after lunch and the English team was bowled out for 259 before tea on the first day.

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Describing the day’s play, The Birmingham Post wrote: “The All India cricket team has administered a few shocks to the dignity and confidence of England today. If there were among the 24,000 spectators at Lord’s some who imagined that the granting of a Test match by the MCC to the tourists from the Indian empire was merely an amiable concession, then they had a very rude awakening before the close of play.”

At the end of their first day in International Test cricket, the Indian team stood at 30 without loss, a respectable scoreline against the formidable English side. While the next day started well for the Indians, with their score being 110 for 1 at one point, the lack of experience (other than Nayudu and Nazir Ali, all the Indian batsmen had practised only on matting wickets) was soon exposed as the middle order collapsed. From 160 for 4, India folded to 189 all out.

However, while India eventually lost the match by 158 runs, the courage and grit shown by the team, evident in the first 30 minutes itself, clearly conveyed to the world that it wouldn’t take much time for the Indians to carve out a niche for themselves in the world of cricket.

It was this impact that led to June 25, 1932, going down in India’s cricketing history as a red letter day. Interestingly, 51 years later on the same day, the Indian cricket team (led by Kapil Dev) made history at Lord’s by winning the Prudential Cup, as if commemorating the momentous day in Indian cricket.