There has been a conspicuous lull on part of the Indian T20 League’s Governing Council (GC) ever since the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan, the Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) owner and the son-in-law of N Srinivasan, president of BCCI.
The Mumbai police arrested Gurunath on Friday night, after claiming to have found evidence of his contribution in the spot-fixing episode. However, unlike previous occasions, a course of further action is yet to be charted by the GC.
The Mumbai police claimed that Gurunath would place “huge bets” on the matches during the league and would even divulge the team’s strategy to bookies.
When the Delhi police arrested S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on May 16, because of their involvement in spot-fixing, the GC suspended the trio the same day.
Similarly, when Harbhajan Singh slapped Sreesanth in 2008, after the former’s Mumbai Indians lost to Kings XI Punjab, the GC banned Harbhajan for the remainder of the season. Also, as soon as there was enough evidence against Lalit Modi’s financial misdemeanors, the GC wasted no time in sacking him as the league’s commissioner. Similarly, in September 2011, the Kochi Tuskers Kerala was terminated for being unable to furnish a new bank guarantee . Srinivasan had then termed the breach ‘not capable of being remedied’.
“The fact is the probe will be carried out. Whatever steps have to be taken, will be taken objectively and fairly” Srinivasan said on Saturday.
It is surprising that the GC, otherwise proactive, remains ambiguous on the way forward as far as Gurunath is concerned.