There had been doubts cast as to whether Narayanaswami Srinivasan, the current head of both Indian and world cricket bodies, had been guilty of involvement in betting and corruption scandals that took place during last year’s Indian Premier League cricket. Earlier this week, Srinivasan finally had his name cleared in court.
The Supreme Court in India had ordered a probe into the scandals that had taken place with spot fixing during the Indian Premier League (IPL) that took place in 2013. Included in the list of those that were investigated were a number of top cricket officials, including Srinivasan. Throughout the investigation, Srinivasan maintained that he was innocent of any involvement in the illegal activities that had taken place.
The panel that had carried out the investigation is headed by the former judge, Mukul Mudgal. The findings were delivered to the court in a sealed package earlier this month, but were only revealed earlier this week. In the report it was noted that with regard to Srinivasan’s involvement, “This individual was not involved in match-fixing activities. This individual was not involved in scuttling investigations into match-fixing.”
Srinivasan had first been questioned when his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, the Chennai Super Kings team principal was accused of his involvement with the match-fixing scandal. Meiyappan was cleared of match-fixing although the panel did note that he had been involved in other betting activities during the IPL’s Twenty20 cricket tournament. Srinivasan is the managing director of India Cements, the company that owns the Chennai Super Kings.
The Board of Cricket Control in India is set to hold elections later this month, and it is likely that Srinivasan will return to his duties as president of the BCCI. The court had ruled that he was not allowed to carry out his role as president while he was under investigation, however, during this time, he was appointed as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June.