Facing calls for suspension from the IPL following the arrest of its 'team principal' on charges of betting, Chennai Super Kings team today sought to distance itself from the scandal saying their players and support staff were not involved in betting or spot-fixing.
Gurunath Meiyappan, Chennai Super Kings owner and son-in-law of the BCCI chief, used to place huge bets on IPL matches and was even divulging team's strategy to bookies, Mumbai police on Saturday claimed before a court which remanded him in police custody till May 29.
Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid, who provided inspirational leadership to the beleaguered Rajasthan Royals this season, has decided to call it quits from the IPL with the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 being his last assignment for the franchise.
N Srinivasan may have put up a brave face by outrightly rejecting demands for his resignation but Union minister for Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath feels that the Tamil Nadu strongman's position has become untenable.
BCCI President N Srinivasan remained defiant today rejecting demands for his resignation but moves are said to be afoot to oust him in the wake of arrest of his son-in-law and CSK team owner Gurunath Meiyappan on betting charges even as Sunday's IPL final involving the team may be gone ahead with.
The growing scale of the IPL spot-fixing scam notwithstanding, Sunday's final of the event would go ahead as per schedule and the embattled Chennai Super Kings would also continue to be a part of the league despite the arrest of its top official on allegations of betting.
Embroiled in the spot-fixing scam, becoming champions for a third time would be a daunting task for the Chennai Super Kings when they take on the formidable Mumbai Indians in the summit clash of the scandal-marred Indian Premier League, in Kolkata on Sunday.
N Srinivasan's days as BCCI president seem to be numbered as a faction within the Board is planning to initiate suspension proceedings against him if he refuses to step down in the aftermath of the IPL spot-fixing scandal that has thrown Indian cricket into disarray.
Mumbai Crime Branch questioned Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan for several hours after his arrest on Friday night in IPL betting scandal, but he has been evasive and non-cooperative during interrogation, police said in Mumbai on Saturday.
Following the arrest of their own Gurunath Meiyappan for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, there are questions whether Chennai Super Kings should be allowed to play in Sunday's IPL final against Mumbai Indians in Kolkata.
Mumbai Indians huffed and puffed their way to a four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling match here tonight to set up a summit showdown with Chennai Super Kings in the Pepsi Indian Premier League.
Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan and owner of Chennai Super Kings, was arrested here late tonight for his alleged involvment in betting on IPL matches, raising questions over the future of the franchise.
Gurunath Meiyappan arrived in Mumbai late Friday evening for questioning by the Mumbai police's crime branch following allegations of his involvement in betting in the Indian Premier League. Joint-Commissioner of Police (crime) Himanshu Roy said the Chennai Super Kings owner was not detained at the Mumbai airport and would be questioned later on Friday night.
An upset Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy lashed out at N Srinivasan on Friday and declared his company will not sponsor the Indian cricket team as long as the beleaguered Board of Control for Cricket in India president is at the helm.
Pressure is mounting for the resignation of Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan in the wake of the alleged involvement of his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan in betting on IPL matches, even as questions were raised over the future of the franchise.
The latest scandal in the Indian Premier League has hit the Board of Control for Cricket in India top brass so hard that the state units have now started questioning N Srinivasan's authority and in all likelihood will seek opinion of former president Shashank Manohar on the latest fiasco.