Soon after Gurunath Meiyappan of the Chennai Super Kings was indicted for illegal betting in the Indian Premier League on Monday, the former chief of the cash-rich league Lalit Modi called for a life ban for "all connected." Modi tweeted, "Life ban on all connected is a must. So I guess Srini's 2 day victory as future warlord of cricket was short lived. I told u all so." Modi also tweeted, " Now it's time for cricket establishment to wake up and bury the entire India Cement team that has taken over the global cricket."
Life ban on all connected is a must. So I guess Srini's 2 day victory as future warlord of cricket was short lived. I told u all so- Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) February 10, 2014
Modi was referring to Meiyappan's father-in-law N. Srinivasan, who was on Saturday was elected to serve from July as the first chairman of the International Cricket Council in its new avatar. Srinivasan heads the powerful Indian cricket board. He also owns the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise. Modi said the CSK team "needs to be annulled as per rules." (After probe report indicts Meiyappan, will Chennai Super Kings be banned?)
Waiting to get copy of report before commenting. But if Csk owners are caught betting and fixing team needs to be annulled as per rules- Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) February 10, 2014
Retired judge Mukul Mudgal has submitted a report on a whorl of malpractices, including spot-fixing and betting, to the Supreme Court on Monday. He headed a three-member probe panel appointed by the apex court in October last year and has said that allegations of betting against Meiyappan, CSK team principal, stand proven. He was accused of passing information to bookies and placing bets on the IPL.
Rajeev Shukla, BCCI vice-president and Union minister said, "The Mudgal committee has given its report to the Supreme Court...I will take a view on it. We need to wait for a directive from the court," adding, he was glad that the court had not stalled the auctions for this year's IPL to be held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13. ( Indian Premier League: Conclusions and recommendations of Justice Mudgal probe report)
The CSK is one of eight IPL franchises that play in the yearly tournament. Modi, who founded the event in 2008, has been banned for life by the BCCI after being found guilty of misconduct and indiscipline. Modi has challenged his life ban in court.
Modi, who lives in exile in UK, has consistently opposed Srinivasan, who had to reluctantly "step aside" as BCCI chief after Meiyappan was arrested in May last year. He appointed Jagmohan Dalmiya as interim chief of the BCCI and took active charge back after getting a year's extension as Board president in September-end.
Former Test cricketer and BJP leader Kirti Azad, a vocal critic of the IPL, said, "The game and the nation are disrespected...The game is not wrong, but until the people don't correct themselves such incidents will happen."