Team ownership issue discussed at ICC meeting which Srinivasan attended
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke had raised the issue of ownership of certain teams in domestic T20 leagues mushrooming worldwide in the last Board Meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in April
“Mr Clarke reported that Mr Singh (Yogendra Pal Singh, the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security head) had explained in a meeting the previous day that his biggest concern was in respect of the identity of the owners of certain domestic franchises and the lack of transparent process around how those fanchises had been awarded and how they could financially be sustained,” stated the minutes of the ICC meeting.
Interestingly, BCCI president N Srinivasan attended the meeting. Questions have been raised about Srinivasan owning the Chennai Super Kings team in the Indian Premier League.
Srinivasan is in a spot of bother since the arrest of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan for alleged involvement in the IPL betting scandal. It is widely reported that an ICC official had warned the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about Meiyappan’s suspicious activities. However, the BCCI boss rejected this claim.