The possibilities of an outright ban is quite low © IANS
The possibilities of an outright ban is quite low © IANS

The fate of two former champions of Indian Premier League (IPL) Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be decided at 1 pm on Tuesday, when the a Supreme Court-appointed panel will give their verdict on a corruption scandal. Officials from the CSK and the RR have already been found guilty of betting on matches and their respective teams now face heavy sanctions after an inquiry that also tainted International Cricket Council (ICC) supremo N Srinivasan. READ: CSK, RR brace themselves for heavy punishment

An outright ban on the two former champions would be a devastating blow to what is only an eight-team tournament, and observers say former chief justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, who heads the three-man panel, is more likely to announce heavy fines. Lodha was appointed head of the sentencing panel in January after the Supreme Court had found Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra and CSK’s Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of betting on the outcome of matches in 2013. READ: Meiyappan was involved in betting: Mudgal panel to SC

(With inputs from AFP)