Just days after mentioning in his autobiography that Gurunath Meiyappan was the person who ran the Chennai Super Kings team, Michael Hussey, on Monday, made an about-turn, saying that he might have been wrong about that.

In his book Underneath The Southern Cross, CSK opener and former Australia batsman Hussey has said that the Chennai IPL team owner and BCCI president N. Srinivasan had handed the control of the franchise to his son-in-law Gurunath.

But, Hussey has back-tracked, saying that he was not completely clear about Gurunath’s position in the CSK team, according to a report. “Certainly, Guru was around the team a lot. I knew he was talking to Kepler (Wessels, Super Kings’ coach in IPL 2008) and the players, and we saw him at training and at the hotel.

“I didn’t know what his official title was, but he was around the team quite often. I probably may have written the wrong thing,” Hussey was quoted as saying on the Cricket Couch podcast on ESPNcricinfo .

“I knew he was a close part of the team, no question about that, and I saw him around the team pretty much every day. (But) I am certainly not going to question the word of Mr. Srinivasan. I think he would know a lot better than me about who is running the show. So maybe I got that a little bit wrong,” he said.

Hussey also said that he had met Srinivasan, who is the vice-chairman and managing director of India Cements which owns CSK, and has apologised. “We had a team dinner where Mr. Srinivasan came along. I spoke to him very briefly about it and apologised if I caused him any grief.”

“He was fine and said, ‘No, don’t worry, it is all fine’,” said Hussey.

Husseys had written: “Our owner was Indian Cements, headed by Mr. Srinivasan. 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.” — PTI


  • Says he was not completely clear about Gurunath’s position with CSK

  • Also reveals that his apologies had been accepted by Srinivasan


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