So finally the much awaited decision of the Lodha Committee came out this afternoon, which has already taken the Indian cricketing fraternity by fire. The committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India, LM Lodha was assigned by the Honorable Supreme Court of India to probe the 2013 IPL betting scam which involved quiet a lot players, teams and even their management personnel. This verdict marks another black day in the history of Indian cricket as some historic and ground breaking verdicts have been made by the Lodha committee which will forever alter the course of the Indian cricket. Lets take a look at the five most important talking points of today’s Lodha verdict:
Gurunath Meiyappan banned for life
The former team principal of CSK and the son-in-law of N Srinivasan, the M.D. Of India Cements, which owns CSK has been banned for life from being involved in any cricketing activities. The Lodha committee found him guilty of betting and being involved in corrupt practices despite being a team official. His actions have brought disgrace to the image of BCCI and IPL in general and to the game of cricket in particular. Justice Lodha also mentioned that Meiyappan has lost more than Rs. 60 lakh in the process of betting which went the other way.
Raj Kundra banned for life
Kundra, who is a co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals, also has been found guilty and has been banned from all cricketing activities from life. Like Meiyappan, he too was involved in illegal betting despite being a team owner, which violated the very spirit of the game. Justice Lodha also mentioned that due to the activities of people like Kundra and Meiyappan, fans are losing faith in the game as they fail to differentiate between the clean ones from the scripted.
Chennai Super Kings banned for 2 years
6 time IPL finalists and 2 times IPL champions makes CSK undoubtedly the most successful team in the history of IPL. This team, which features the likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis and Ravi Ashwin, has been banned from the elite competition for 2 years ! This news is definitely more shocking in nature than the above two. Its equally heartbreaking for their fans as CSK enjoys a large fan base in the country. Without CSK, the IPL will never be the same, at least for the two upcoming years.
But why is CSK being banned? According to Justice Lodha, the prime reason being the team management did not take any stringent action against Meiyappan, who tainted the game and the team gloriously.
Rajasthan Royals banned for 2 years
The winners of the inaugural edition of the IPL, too has been banned from the IPL for the upcoming 2 years. The team which boasts players like Steve Smith, Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson and is coached by India legend Rahul Dravid has been suspended on similar grounds that of CSK. They failed to take any kind of action against their convicted co-owner Raj Kunda which paved the way for their demise.
Players from both the teams are free to join other IPL franchises
Justice Lodha at the end of this historic press conference clarified that the players form the teams are free to join other franchises. This small but subtle statement acted as teaser for there is going to be a high voltage auction coming up in few months where players like Dhoni, Raina, McCullum, Smith will be sold off to the highest bidder. This particular auction will simply rip off the previous existing ones and new records will be set.
Delhi Daredevils are expected to be the biggest gainers as they would go to any extent to bag some of these players for their non-performing team.
Another person, settled far away from all these commotion, will just be chuckling away with all the news while sipping his morning coffee in London!
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