The BCCI responded to the IPL probe report by the Supreme Court requesting that the players mentioned should not be made public. Here are the seven main points of the BCCI's 35-page reply:
1) BCCI will highlight the two major difference of opinion between the two reports submitted by the probe panel. (Don't make players' names public: BCCI to Supreme Court)
a) Mukul Mudgal concluded that Gurunath Meiyappan was the owner of Chennai Super Kings. And Chennai Super Kings is guilty of giving him powers that only an owner can have. (Supreme Court hearing adjourned till March 25)
Nilay Dutta concluded that Meiyappan was not team owner and hence team Chennai Super Kings cannot be guilty of corruption. (IPS officer who named MS Dhoni suspended)
b) Mukul Mudgal recommended that the Supreme court decide whether Chennai Super Kings should be terminated or not under clause 11.3.
Dutta had recommended that it should be left to the BCCI to decide if Chennai Super Kings should be terminated from the league.
2) BCCI lawyers will request the Supreme Court to allow BCCI to carry on the probe and decide what punishment needs to be meted out to the guilty, based on the finding by Nilay Dutta and Mukul Mudgal.
3) However, BCCI agrees that clause 11.3 will apply to Chennai Super Kings since one of their team officials (Gurunath Meiyappan) was involved in illegal betting. (Probe committee report to headline big week for IPL)
4) BCCI will argue that N Srinivasan's conflict of interest issue was outside the purview of the Mudgal probe committee. Hence, BCCI will not take any action on this. (Probe report will have no impact on player's auctions: Shukla) (Note: Justice Mudgal had suggested that Srinivasan's conflict of interest needs further probing)
5) BCCI says there is no harm in employing an Indian player as corporates, giving cricketers a job to support them is nothing new.
6) Apart from that BCCI will accept most of the recommendations made by the Justice Mukul Mudgal panel. For e.g. Keep a check on players' agents, monitor players' mobile phones, no late night parties, make an ethics committee comprising of former players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble etc. (Probe report finds Meiyappan guilty)
7) BCCI will plead that since the contents in the envelope cannot be verified, it is best not to disclose them as this will be damaging for the player's reputation. (Note: The envelope has taped conversations between bookies taking the names of two prominent players and their involvement in fixing)