IPL verdict: 10 takeaways from Lodha panel's report on IPL betting
A Supreme Court-appointed panel on Tuesday pronounced its verdict on the spot-fixing and betting scandal that hit the Indian Premier League tournament in 2013. Here are its key takeaways.cricket Updated: Jul 14, 2015 17:38 IST
A Supreme Court-appointed panel on Tuesday pronounced its verdict on the spot-fixing and betting scandal that hit the Indian Premier League tournament in 2013. Here are the key recommendations:
1. Teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royal stand suspended from IPL for two years.
2. 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 was also suspended from any cricket related activity for a maximum period of five years.
3. Similar sanctions were imposed on Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra who along with his wife actor Shilpa Shetty was under investigation for betting on IPL matches.
4. Justice Lodha said that the act of betting by an owner was very serious. "Meiyappan was involved in betting, it was his bad luck he made no profits," he added.
5. The Supreme Court panel noted that Meiyappan acted with the consent of India Cements, franchise owner of Chennai Super Kings. That the company did not take any action against Meiyappan negates all its contributions to cricket, he said.
6. India Cements was suspended from IPL for two years.
7. It was also noted that Jaipur IPL could not shrink responsibility by saying Kundra's actions were personal and that "franchises are directly responsible for the actions by their owners."
8. Players from banned IPL teams are free to move and play for others.
9. Justice Lodha clarified later that BCCI will take a call on whether CSK and RR will be bought by another franchise.
10. IPL COO Sundar Raman is still under the scanner and hasn't been given a clean chit, yet.