Supreme Court suspends Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from IPL; CSK’s Srinivasan to be replaced by Sunil Gavaskar

The Supreme Court said the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals – the two teams at the centre of an ongoing probe into illegal betting and match-fixing -should be barred from the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning next month.

Also, the court recommended batting legend Sunil Gavaskar to take over as interim president of India’s cricket board in place of the embattled incumbent N.Srinivasan.

The court said that it is intending to bar CSK, owned by India Cements, promoted by Srinivasan and also Team Rajasthan Royals – the players and officials from both the team seemed to have allegedly involved in the scandal and hence are with-held from playing IPL 7 tournament slated to begin from April 16th.

Chennai Super Kings & Rajasthan Royals

Chennai Super Kings & Rajasthan Royals

The bench also proposed to pass an order barring India Cements officials from getting involved with the functioning of BCCI.

Senior Counsel, Harish Salve has also raised questions on the conduct of captain of Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni, who is also vice-president of India Cements, saying that he is guilty of corrupt practices.

A three-member court-appointed committee headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal had also probed Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra for possible betting.

Earlier, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court called on Mr Srinivasan to step down to ensure a probe into illegal betting during last year’s Indian Premier League, in which his son-in-law has been indicted, is fair.

BCCI, which was rapped on Tuesday by the apex court, came out with the proposal saying that it agrees to conduct proper probe in the IPL betting and spot fixing scandal.

Sharanya Bharathwaj