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One morning India woke up and found S. Sreesanth found involved in Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing case, followed by that, the news of two team owners were unearthed from the carpet of corruption in the sultry summer of 2013. Eroded Trust of spectators’ dwarfed the cash rich league of IPL. Two IPL “dramas” (i.e. seasons) have past. We were submerged in “Cricketainment.” Having observed that the concerned team managements failed to take any action against the alleged team owners, the Supreme Court of India has taken responsibility to clean up the game in the country by suspending the franchises for two years.

In a country where development prevails only in talks while corruption with each step of execution have notorious records of fixing everything, even the lawyers are not beyond the hand of fixers. However, hopefully, the law which itself is looking for a gigantic case to show its strength has done a bit well to preserve the faith of people on the Indian judiciary.     

The Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee has given a historic verdict that yielded more questions than the solution. Based on the justice Mukul Mudgal committee report Lodha committee has said that Chennai Super Kings  and Rajasthan Royals are banned for 2 years. After the verdict many questions are prevailing.   

Questions are that will the IPL go ahead with six team tournaments or go for bid to fill the quota of two teams or two disbanded team Kochi Tuskers and Pune Warriors are allowed to play in the team.

The caldron of speculation is wide open. The most important question is that if N. Srinivasan who has set a high limit of brazenness.  If he buys CSK team in another name, technically he will not have any problem, and then what do this verdict will mean.  

Raj Kundra (left) and Gurunath Meiyappan (right)

After the verdict all thoughts are revolving around CSK, as it is the franchise of former BCCI President N. Sninivasan. Rajasthan Royals found no takers.

It has been treated as second fiddle to Chennai Super Kings. Raj Kundra, who was found guilty in spot fixing have been life banned from cricket is set to leave India. Although Raj Kundra has only 11.7 per cent stake in RR. But, other stake holders’ thought on the verdict did not come in public.   

The money is IPL’s biggest player that is running this game. And it is not evil of all damages but the besmirched minds are. Nevertheless, people have been considering the tournament a scripted drama for quite some time.  

In the next annual committee meeting BCCI might be announcing the fate of the tournament. Its mandarins may bring something whacking to regain the faith of spectators. But, they will do it to win their personal fights with N. Srinivasan.

The conundrum is so big that the future of IPL tournament will still take time to digest. The Pandora box of cricket corruption just has opened and if nothing fix, then more “breaking news” will come out in the months to come.  Raj Kundra’s alleged spot fixing fiasco and his executors are living with shame. But, then who executed Gurunath Meiyappan’s plan on the field, the name of the CSK player or players’ are yet to be known.

IPL teams captains with the 2015 trophy at opening ceremony at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

The Lodha committee is yet to announce its verdict on former IPL CEO Sundar Raman’s part during the 2013 tournament. The name of the eleven players which was submitted to the Apex court in a sealed envelope by Justice Mukul Mudgal committee will add more plights to the state of Indian cricket. Albeit, the Supreme Court have been considering the option of not making public the list.  

So, without doubt more set back is waiting for IPL and BCCI. Nevertheless, the future of IPL is in shambles.

If, the feeling of the Supreme Court is strong to the unwritten religion of this country , then be brazen like N. Srinivasan and make public the list players who have been found involved in spot fixing. That will be answer to all frustration of spectators. There is a need of reform in BCCI administrative system.  We will have to keep vigil eye on SC’s verdict on the BCCI’s administrative system and it recommendations as well.     

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