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Updated: October 1, 2013 11:17 IST

Gurunath Meiyappan runs CSK: Hussey

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Michael Hussey (86*) shows his Man of the Match award to former CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan after defeating Kings XI Punjab in an IPL match at Mohali. In his book, Underneath the Southern Cross, Hussey has said that team owner N Srinivasan had handed control of the team to Mr. Meiyappan. File Photo: Akhilesh Kumar
The Hindu Michael Hussey (86*) shows his Man of the Match award to former CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan after defeating Kings XI Punjab in an IPL match at Mohali. In his book, Underneath the Southern Cross, Hussey has said that team owner N Srinivasan had handed control of the team to Mr. Meiyappan. File Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

In his book, Underneath the Southern Cross, Chennai Super Kings opener Michael Hussey has said that team owner N Srinivasan had handed control of the team to his son-in-law.

BCCI president N Srinivasan might have called his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan as just a cricket enthusiast but Chennai Super Kings opener Michael Hussey has said that the betting-accused official was actually running the IPL team.

In his book, Underneath the Southern Cross, Hussey has said that team owner N Srinivasan had handed the control of the team to Mr. Meiyappan.

“Our owner was Indian Cements, headed by Mr Srinivasan,” Hussey wrote in his book. “As he was also on the board of the BCCI, he gave control of the team to his son-in-law Mr Gurunath. He ran the team along with Kepler Wessels, who was coach.”

Former team principal of Chennai Super Kings, Mr. Meiyappan was charge sheeted along with 21 others for gambling, cheating and criminal conspiracy, in the spot-fixing case of the Indian Premier League.

Mr. Meiyappan was accused of revealing confidential information of his team and using the same for betting.

However, Mr. Srinivasan and India Cements distanced themselves from Mr. Meiyappan with the BCCI president calling him just a “cricket enthusiast“.

Mr. Meiyappan was arrested by the Mumbai Police in May and named in the betting charge sheet last month.

Prior to his arrest, the senior CSK official was involved in the functioning of the Chennai team as he could be spotted in the team dugout, at auction tables. Mr. Meiyappan also represented himself as the team principal on a verified Twitter account.

After the scandal broke out, a two-member probe panel was constituted by the BCCI and it eventually cleared the Super Kings of any wrongdoing, but Cricket Association of Bihar moved court and procured a stay order.

The Supreme Court had said on Monday that Mr. Srinivasan, who was re-elected as BCCI President in the AGM on Sunday, will not participate in matters relating to IPL and the spot fixing issue. The next hearing is scheduled on October 7.

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It is a known secret for all and this is not a surprise to anyone. Nothing would change and who cares to take action? Government and Courts would say that BCCI is an autonomous institution and not much interference would be possible. So practically no accountability. BCCI President remains the same, CSK owner is the same, no disciplinary action would be taken against, CSK, etc. etc. With money power, everything will be justified in India and you just cannot help except watching the happenings.

from:  Partha
Posted on: Oct 2, 2013 at 06:41 IST

Tendulkar retirement-Honestly Sachin has no place in any of the indian team considering his form during last two years. He is reluctant to retire because of his childish desire and ambani's backing. Sachin lacks leadership quality again. He himself is a great player and should go by his own way. he doesn't need ambani or srini's mercy to play or stay in indian team. Hope he retires tomorrow at the champhion's league as a legend not a politician.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013 at 20:00 IST

BCCI Politics scenario: Pawar has the support of Mumbai police. He influenced them to trap Gurunath Meiyappan in a betting scandal. He fell for the prey. Blackmailing Srini through his son in law is a well known story. On other hand, Srini is promoted from a treasurer to president in BCCI. He knows roots of BCCI scams and wrongdoing of Pawar, Modi to Dalmiya. Srini can threaten any of them by exposing their scandals. WKT all betting mafia's are in Mumbai. Srini tried to control and subside them. He failed miserably in the process. To save his position, he needed ambani's hand and asked CSK to lose in the IPL final and Mumbai Indians are champs. The only way they could have been champs of IPL. Srini manipulated and cheated his CSK fans by doing this. Also, Rajastan Royals are victimized in this process to make tendulkars happy. Now, Srini gains support from both congress and BJP.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013 at 20:00 IST

Hussey has revealed the truth.Every thing is crystal clear. Mr. Srinivasan is motivated with machiavellian Ideology,Who deceived common people and made cricket 'a shoddy picture'.These things should not be tolerated and this corrupt gerontocrat should not be allowed to occupy presidency of BCCI.

from:  Mohit Sharma
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013 at 17:19 IST

Sons-in law are so important in the Indian political culture.

from:  Khagaraj Sommu
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013 at 15:17 IST

Money makes the man So as the BCCI president.

from:  IRAIYANBAN
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013 at 09:21 IST

This shows once again, that like the politicians, the BCCI will go a long way in protecting one of their own. The only solution is when the common man, or the cricket fan rises and forces the power to be answerable

from:  Abhinav
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013 at 07:31 IST

BCCI president's Son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was actually running the IPL team. Sri N Srinivasan ,is of the view that everyone has closed his eyes and he alone is intelligent.He may be smarter than former IPL chief Mr.Modi. These type of gimmics no longer work as people have become more intelligent and courts have become very strong.King fisher owner, Sri Vijay Mallaya and Sahara group chairman have already met their nemesis .Sri Lalu is going to take Jail meals for another 7 years. All the so called cricket administrators do not have any interests in promoting the game,but it is a tool for doing a business.

from:  Srinivasavarma Bhupathiraju
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013 at 06:59 IST
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