With the Mudgal committee, which had been set-up by the Supreme Court to probe into fixing charges during Indian Premier League (IPL) season 6, having submitted its report in a sealed envelope, media major, DNA now reports that it has gathered from an impeccable and highly-placed source that the list contains 3 players from Chennai Super Kings, whose boss N Srinivasan and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan are also embroiled in the controversy, and 2 players each from Delhi Daredevils and defending champions Mumbai Indians.
The report also claimed that a top television commentator’s name featured in the list. According to an impeccable and highly-placed source, seven of these eight players are representing three different IPL teams. Of these, three belong to Chennai Super Kings, two to Delhi Daredevils and two others to Mumbai Indians. The eighth player went unsold at the 2014 auction in Bangalore, but played in the first six editions of the league.
The report added that another player who was also involved in the match-fixing saga went unsold in the auctions that took place in February, this year and that he had played in the Indian Premier League for the first six seasons.
There have been various reports claiming to know the contents of the sealed envelope, or at least the gist of it. It was initially speculated that the envelope contained a list of six tainted players, including at least two current India players, but the Indian Express said it has reasons to believe that the number of people under the scanner was more than double what was initially suspected.
Former India player Surinder Khanna didn’t seem surprised at all. “Some of the tainted players who were involved in the 2000 fixing episode are now being allowed to sit in the commentary box. I’m not surprised to hear that a commentator figures on that list,” said Khanna.
Justice Mudgal was assisted by additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and senior advocate Nilay Dutta. The three-member panel had also said that names of other national and international players came up during their investigation and this had not been probed by any agency. The panel said it could not launch a probe due to “paucity of time”.
With no definite evidence supporting any claim, many players and franchises will tread with trepidation and it will be interesting to see what unfolds.