Gurunath Meiyappan suspended from all cricket-related activity
The Indian cricket board yesterday suspended Chennai Super Kings' Chief Executive Officer Gurunath Meiyappan, who is now under arrest for his alleged involvement in the spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League and promised cooperation in the investigations.
Announcing the decision yesterday, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Jagdale said the board would assist the police and regulatory authorities in the investigations into the scandal, whose ramifications seem to be widening.
Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, gave himself up late Friday night to Mumbai police, who arrested him after a three-hour grilling. Meiyappan’s name cropped up after police arrested Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh.
“Pending further investigation and any subsequent hearing by the BCCI Disciplinary Committee or the IPL Code of Behaviour Committee, Mr Meiyappan has been suspended by the BCCI from any involvement in the sport of cricket and in particular from any involvement with the Chennai Super Kings team,” Jagdale said in a statement.
Jagdale said the BCCI has “taken note of the detention” of Meiyappan by Mumbai police. “As an accredited team official, Mr Meiyappan is subject to the provisions of the IPL Operational Rules and the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code for Participants,” the statement said.
Jagdale also said the BCCI officials, including chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty and IPL CEO Sundar Raman, met officers from Mumbai police Thursday evening.