The IPL Pandora’s Box threatens to destroy high profile names
The Mukul Mudgal Committee report has pressed criminal charges against Gurunath Meyiappan © PTI
By Dhananjay Devasper
The Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee has submitted a damning report on the Indian Premier League Spot Fixing controversy. Gurunath Meiyappan’s role has been laid threadbare in this report. While his father-in-law, the much reviled N Srinivasan had dismissed these charges and delinked Meiyappan from the Chennai Super Kings franchise as a mere “enthusiast”, the report clearly implicates him in the entire mess, even going to the extent of saying he was “in fact acting as a team official if not the de-facto owner of CSK”.
Despite all of this, N Srinivasan continues brazenly taking over world cricket, with the new revamped International Cricket Council (ICC). This is almost akin to Adolph Hitler’s conquest. But over here, even the world powers are colluding with an individual who has done everything in his abilities to stay in power, even if it brought disrepute to Indian Cricket and to the game.
The report also highlights an IPL 6 match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals in particular. The debate on whether that was fixed or not will continue endlessly. However, if that is what happened, it is hard to believe some senior players did not know about it. The spotlight is on Mahendra Singh Dhoni since he is the captain of the beleaguered franchise, who has also just become the captain with the worst overseas track record, thanks to that agonizing defeat in the first Test. This is the last thing he needed. From Auckland to Muckland.
And then there’s that sealed envelope, which is supposed to contain the names of six India capped players, two of whom are on the current tour of New Zealand. Everyone’s interest is piqued and names are being thrown around. It’s a Pandora’s box-like situation and it threatens to shake the very foundations of Indian cricket.
What is even more shameful is that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not even have the guts to expel Srinivasan. It just proves the old adage “Birds of a feather flock together”. With all the wrong people governing cricket, nothing better could be expected. The IPL auctions are expected to go on as planned and the drama will begin all over in April.
Yet, this will not deter the “fixers”. In fact one should not even be surprised if they were taking bets on the names of the six players. Till then, the cricketing world will be glued to the drama that plays out on television. It will be a frantic day when the Supreme Court decides to reveal the contents of the envelope. One that might just be the blackest day in Indian Cricketing history and one which might just bring down the high and mighty of Indian Cricket.
(Dhananjay Devasper is an “IT guy” by profession and a sports fanatic at heart. He has an unbridled passion for sports and Indian achievements in sport. Extremely opinionated, he attempts offering perspectives around sports which are simple to understand and easy to relate with)