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BCCI says Gurunath Meiyappan part of Chennai Super Kings, but franchise does not entail expulsion

Snapshots of Gurunath Meiyappan’s Twitter bio
Snapshots of Gurunath Meiyappan’s Twitter bio

Mar 7, 2014

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court of India ahead of the hearing of Justice Mudgal’s report in the Supreme Court, whereby it has claimed that Gurunath Meiyappan was a ‘Team Official’ of the Chennai Super Kings. Earlier, the franchise and N Srinivasan, the BCCI President had denied that Meiyppan was a part of the franchise and was merely an ‘enthusiast.’

However, BCCI has said in the affidavit that while Meiyappan may be a ‘Team Official’ and not an Owner, it does not entail Chennai’s expulsion from the IPL, Times Now reported. According to the IPL Franchise Agreement, if there is wrongdoing on part of the IPL franchise or the owner, the franchise itself can be expelled. BCCI claims that since he isn’t an owner per se, Chennai cannot be expelled.

According to Clause 11.3 (c)  of the IPL Franchise Agreement: the Franchisee, any Franchisee Group Company and/or any Owner acts in any way which has a material adverse effect upon the reputation or standing of the League, BCCI-IPL, BCCI, the Franchisee, the Team (or any other team in the League) and/or the game of cricket.

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