There is a calm before the storm. But a calm in the middle of the storm is more frightening. One cannot turn a blind eye to the silence of the ICC and the BCCI regarding the spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League.  Those who have nose for the news have already smelt a rat that there is much more to come.

[caption id="attachment_1112" align="alignright" width="300"]Is the silence of the ICC and the BCCI regarding the IPL spot-fixing scandal is the calm before the storm? (Photo: AFP) Is the silence of the ICC and the BCCI regarding the IPL spot-fixing scandal is the calm before the storm? (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

The matter which was started with the arrest of three Rajasthan Royal players and was being perceived as an individual event is now becoming more and more complex, with big names coming under the spotlight.

After the withdrawal of Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf from the Champions Trophy following the news that he was being investigated by the Mumbai police regarding the scandal, now Gurunath Meiyappan, a top official of the Chennai Super Kings franchise and the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, is also in Mumbai in response to summons by Mumbai Police.

Meiyappan had been referred to as he owner of the franchise on CSK website. But the latest twist into the story came when India Cements, the company that owns the CSK, denied that Meiyappan was the franchise’s owner.

What adds insult to injury for the BCCI and Srinivasan is that Sahara Group chief Subrato Roy stated that his group will not sponsor the Indian cricket team as long as Srinivasan is the BCCI’s president. The root cause of the development may be a business rivalry, however, what is to follow must be a big blow for not only the BCCI and the IPL, but also for cricket in India.

Of Meiyappan’s association with the CSK, a statement issued by India Cements said: "India Cements clarifies that Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan is neither the Owner, nor CEO /Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings. Mr. Gurunath is only one of the Members (Honorary) of the Management Team of Chennai Super Kings.

"India Cements follows zero tolerance policy and if anyone is proved guilty, strict action will be taken immediately. India Cements assures full co-operation with BCCI and the Law Enforcement authorities."

Interestingly, the bio of Meiyappan’s verified Twitter account was also changed amid the episode which further raised doubts. Earlier, the bio read, “Team Principal Chennai Super Kings, managing director AVM productions and entertainment, AVM studios, AVM constructions.” Later, however, “Team Principal Chennai Super Kings” part was removed.
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