Batting for cricket betting

Cricket and its murky affairs too have grabbed the attention of the Supreme Court. Though BCCI
president N Srinivasan has emerged as the most powerful man in the world of cricket, his son-in-law’s involvement in illegal betting has come back to haunt him. A committee formed under Justice Mukul Mudgal has found that Gurunath Meiyappan was indeed guilty of illegal betting and passing on crucial information about the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team to bookies in IPL 2013. More significantly, the committee has said that Meiyappan was actually doing all these as a CSK team principal, if not as its ‘actual’ owner. CSK has also been blamed for breaking its rules by giving free rein to Meiyappan. The panel also wanted a further probe into the role of Raj Kundra (one of the owners of Rajasthan Royals) and that of six national cricketers in betting and match-fixing. The court also received a sealed envelope from the committee containing the names of people who could be involved in the betting scandal. It’ll take up the matter on March 7.

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