IPL Verdict: IPL players may get a lifetime ban from playing cricket

The Lodha panel, which was appointed by the Supreme Court of India, suspended the owners of IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for a period of two years in connection with the betting and spot-fixing scandals in the IPL. This follows the IPL rules that state that a franchisee can be punished if the team owners are found guilty of betting or betting related activities.

In the light of recent verdict of the Supreme Court appointed committee headed by Justice MR Lodha, two Indian Premier League teams viz. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are suspended from participating in the Indian Premier League for next two years. Committee found teams’ involvement in the alleged sport fixing and betting scam during 2013 IPL.

Since, then various media are very much sympathetic towards the players of above-mentioned teams and published various articles on both print and online that, those players shall be given a fair chance to play for any other teams in the IPL by conducting a fresh OR separate auction for those players who are part of two suspended franchisees.

Therefore, the question here is whether such fresh auction for players of above two franchisees are legally valid. In my opinion, such an auction shall be conducted only for those players who were not part of alleged betting scam and sport fixing.

Though, the players are also a participants in the franchisee, whether each player has acted in a manner in violation of the operational rules needs to be examined. The present verdict has not covered this issue. Action can be taken only against the erring players accordingly, including lifetime ban.

Further, giving a fair chance to the players of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) is a question to moot, because no penalty can be given without giving them reasonable opportunity to defend themselves. As we know, suspension of two years will badly affect the career and future of many players, because, most of them may not even have thought of betting or match fixing at all. Not all the players can be tarnished black with the same allegation of improper conduct.

CSK and Rajasthan Royals banned from IPL for two years

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were suspended for two years from the Indian Premier League (IPL) by the panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India. Earlier Supreme Court appointed a panel to address the issue IPL sport fixing and betting scandal.

Panel headed by Justice RM Lodha, in its verdict, which suspended two former champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Rajasthan Royals (RR) of Indian Premier League (IPL), also suspended, Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan and Mr. Raj Kundra from any type of cricket matches for life after they were found guilty of betting in the T20 tournament.

Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan is the son-in-law of current ICC Chief, N. Srinivasan. Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan was the Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Mr. Raj Kundra was the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Panel observed that, Meiyappan is involved in the sport fixing and betting scandal, and his conduct affected image of BCCI, the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the game of Cricket (Twenty 20/T20). Panel also observed that, Raj Kundra was placing bets through a known punter and was constantly in touch with bookies. Rajasthan Royals have damaged the faith of BCCI and the sport, Mr. Raj Kundra is found guilty of misconduct.

Earlier, Supreme Court had held that the allegation of betting against Meiyappan and Kundra stood proved and set up the three-member committee of its retired judges to determine the punishment for Meiyappan, who was the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team Principal and Kundra, the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the inaugural event in 2008 under the captaincy of Australian spin legend Shane Warne, and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are also the most successful team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), having won the tournament in 2010 and 2011, and finished runners-up in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015. Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) was the Caption for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for all the IPL season.

Kerala pacer and former Indian fast bowler Sreesanth was a part of Rajasthan Royals, where a case is pending against Sreesanth before the Court at Delhi for alleged sport fixing in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL). Said case is posted to July 15, 2015 for framing charges in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).