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The knives will only get sharper against N. Srinivasan after the verdict, given that his franchise and his son-in-law have been punished by the Supreme Court-appointed panel. Photo: HT
The knives will only get sharper against N. Srinivasan after the verdict, given that his franchise and his son-in-law have been punished by the Supreme Court-appointed panel. Photo: HT

IPL betting verdict explained

Here's what the verdict means for CSK, RR, Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj Kundra, N. Srinivasan, BCCI and IPL

The Supreme Court-appointed committee headed by former chief justice of India R.M. Lodha announced its verdict on the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting case. Two franchises—Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR)—have been suspended for a period of two years, while their former co-owners, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, have been suspended from cricket-related activities for life. Here is a quick explainer of the verdict:

1. What happens to the two franchises—the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) ?

They have both been suspended for two years.

2. What happens to the Indian Premier League?

That’s up to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It could choose to induct two more franchisees. Or it could go ahead with a six-team league.

3. What happens to the players?

The committee said they were free to play for other teams. That might mean another player auction.

4. What happens to Meiyappan and Kundra?

The two of them have been barred from any association with BCCI for five years and from cricket matches for life.

5. Have either the teams or the individuals been fined.

No.

6. What happens to N. Srinivasan?

Srinivasan is not directly affected. He is still the elected president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and also BCCI’s representative at the International Cricket Council. As a matter of fact, Srinivasan was first appointed ICC chairman when he was BCCI’s president-in-exile.

7. Can the affected parties appeal?

The Supreme Court in its order of 22 January said that the order of the Lodha committee will be final and binding on BCCI and the concerned parties. But it said the aggrieved parties could appeal the verdict before Justice T.S. Thakur’s bench which passed the original order.

8. How does the order impact BCCI financially?

Two teams out of an edition of the IPL is a massive commercial loss, especially given that CSK was one of its most popular and profitable franchises.

9. How does the order affect BCCI?

The knives will only get sharper against Srinivasan, given that his franchise and his son-in-law have been punished by the Supreme Court-appointed panel. Tuesday’s events should come as a boost to Srinivasan’s rivals within BCCI, namely, Jagmohan Dalmiya and Sharad Pawar. This could also lead to Srinivasan’s replacement as ICC chairman during BCCI’s next annual general meeting in September.

10. What next for the probe panel?

As of now, the Justice Lodha committee has only fulfilled one of its mandates i.e. to determine the quantum of punishment to the parties concerned—Meiyappan, Kundra, CSK and RR. The committee has to further examine the role of IPL COO Sundar Raman and come up with recommendations for cleaning up the BCCI.

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