Poll: Has scandal-sullied IPL helped or hurt cricket?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2015 13:20 IST

The Indian Premier League was thrown into turmoil on Tuesday when a Supreme Court-appointed panel suspended two of the eight teams after officials were found guilty of betting on matches in 2013.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said it would respect the verdict and pledged to clean up cricket after the shock decision to ban the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals for two years to protect "the integrity of the game."

CSK, led by India's one-day international captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and the Royals, skippered by Australian star Steve Smith, had hoped to escape with heavy fines but the panel was in no mood for leniency.

It also banned Gurunath Meiyappan -- the son-in-law of N Srinivasan, the Chennai franchise owner and the current boss of the International Cricket Council -- for life from cricket-related activities.

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