IPL’s most favourite team Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals has been suspended from IPL for 2 yearas by RM Lodha panel on 14 July 2015. The Lodha panel has also suspended Gurunath Meiyappan, a former team official of Super Kings, and Raj Kundra, a former Rajasthan Royals co-owner, from any involvement in cricket matches for lifetime.
Lodha Commitee has suspended Indian Cements and Jaipur IPL, the owners of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals teams, for a period of two years. The responsibility is now on the BCCI and the two companies to work out the way forward, whether the teams will be in a two-year midpoint or play under different ownership.
“Disrepute has been brought to cricket, the BCCI and the IPL to such an extent that there are doubts abound in the public whether the game is clean or not,” Lodha said.
“Jaipur IPL claims it is highly celebrated as a nursery of players. But three of its players have accused of alleged spot-fixing. This shows that all is not well in their handling of affairs. The position of Raj Kundra with the Rajasthan Royals franchise – part owner and team official – means his actions brought the game, BCCI and IPL into disrepute.”
The panel came down hard on Gurunath, who they felt had caused “huge injury” to the image of the gentlemen’s game, and said that India Cements had not shown to have taken any action against him.
“India Cements argued that they have done a lot to grow the game of cricket. But it cannot be a mitigating factor because they as franchise owners did not punish Gurunath, who was clearly identified as a team official, after he was found guilty of betting. It was only the BCCI who suspended Gurunath from participating in cricket.”
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