BCCI President Srinivansan Cleared For Return As Probe Finds No Spot-Fixing Evidence
Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan "seems set to return to the helm of affairs after a two-judge probe panel found no evidence" against his team Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal which "rocked the sixth edition of the event," according to the PTI. The two-member panel, comprising former judges T. Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramanian, "submitted its report to the BCCI Working Committee" which met Sunday and "cleared the decks for the Tamil Nadu strongman to make a comeback." The panel "was mandated to enquire into the roles" of Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was the Team Prinicipal of Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and its co-Owner Raj Kundra. BCCI VP Niranjan Shah said, "There is no evidence of any wrongdoing found by the judges against Raj Kundra, India Cements and Rajasthan Royals. The report will now be forwarded to the IPL Governing Council which will take a final decision when it meets on August 2 in New Delhi" (PTI, 7/28).
MODI BLASTS BCCI: TNN reported after the probe panel found no evidence against Chennai Super Kings, sacked IPL CEO Lalit Modi "took to Twitter to express his anguish over the BCCI's decision." Modi, who "had been critical of the way the league had been run," said on Sunday that the BCCI is "a shameless organization and he was glad not to be a part of it." Modi tweeted: "Seen the Bcci decisions. All I can say is i am glad i am not part of this lame duck absolutely shameless organization anymore" (TNN, 7/28).