“Is son-in-law a part of the immediate family? The ethics code you are talking about relates to immediate family members, so I don’t think this is a logical question, ” an ICC spokesperson told MiD DAY from London yesterday.
The spokesperson was clarifying Section ‘d’ of point 7, (Betting,Gaming,Gambling), of ICC’s Code of Ethics which reads: “It is not permitted and a Director shall be in breach of this Code if a member of his immediate family (being a spouse, parent, sibling, son or daughter) has a controlling interest in a betting business, a substantial relationship with a betting business or is employed in the day to day operational control of a betting business.”
Srinivasan’s ‘cricket enthusiast’ son-in-law and team principal of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, Gurunath Meiyappan, is facing the heat in the current spot fixing scandal and has spent time in jail for his alleged involvement in betting.
He is out on bail at the moment. The BCCI, Delhi Police and Mumbai Police are also probing CSK and Rajasthan Royals, three of whose players were put behind bars for alleged spot fixing. Srinivasan, who owns CSK, argued his case on similar lines and declared that Gurunath has nothing to do with his team.