What happens to IPL now
With the parts of Mudgal committee being made public on Monday the crux of the matter is that what happens to IPL now and the teams whose owners were found culpable in the report.
The report has stated that N.Srinivasan is not found culpable of the match fixing or the illegal betting but he did not take action, despite him being aware of the fact that Individual 3 (as named in the report) is involved in the actions which were in violations with the players code of conduct. Other non-playing individuals who were named in the report are Gurunath Meiyappan (CSK official), Raj Kundra (RR owner) and Sundar Raman (IPL COO).
The report says, “Investigations have confirmed that this individual (Gurunath Meiyappan) was a team official of a franchise. He was frequently meeting individual two (name withheld) in his hotel room. This strengthens the conclusion of the committee in its interim report dated February 10 that he was in close touch with individual number two. The panel, however, held that no material was available on record to show Mr Meiyappan was involved in match-fixing. The finding about his betting activities and the finding that he was a team official stood confirmed.”
Raj Kundra has been accused of being in contact with the bookies during the IPL season and by not reporting his contact with the bookies he has violated IPL anti corruption code of conduct.
On Sundar Raman, the report said, “(He) knew a contact of a bookie and had contacted him eight times in one season.” When questioned Raman admitted that he knew the contact of the bookies, “but however claimed to be unaware of his connection with betting activities.” The report says Raman, “also accepted” that he had received information about “individual 1 and individual 11 (i.e. Gurunath and Kundra) taking part in betting.”
The Road ahead
Now that the administrators of the game has been indicted with betting and violating the anti corruption code the question here is what can be done now with the game, with the teams whose officials/owners are involved in violation. It is important for the authorities to take an apt action here or the sanctity and belief in the game can reach the nadir.
In 2012 when three Rajasthan Royals player were allegedly involved in the spot fixing case (Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan) they were banned from the game, which was morally correct for the game. If appropriate action is not taken here by the authorities concerned it will set a bad precedence and will be ostensible that the rules are swayed easily for the powerful.
There has been calls of banning the lucrative tournament altogether in the aftermath of the betting scam which is a bit extreme to say the least. Whenever there is a virus in our body we try to get rid of it but never attempt to kill the body as a whole, same anomaly goes with IPL. It is our indigenously produced league and is one of the most popular ones in the world, why should it be banned because of the misdemeanour by a few.
Another alternative being mulled upon is to ban the franchise as a whole whose officials are involved in the illegal activities. This seems like a viable option and the ownership of the two franchise, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, must be seized and a fresh auction for the team ownership must be held.
As far as the positions in the top echelons of the BCCI and IPL is concerned, there should be revamp in these positions under aegis of Supreme Court. The nexus among the top players of the board has to be eradicated and a more transparent method needs to be employed for the functioning of BCCI.