The spot-fixing scandal in India has come to a climax and it can be said without a shadow of a doubt that big guns will also be in trouble apart from players. Mumbai Police have arrested Gurunath Meiyappan – Chennai Super Kings top official and son-in-law of the BCCI president N Srinivasan – and investigating him for betting.

[caption id="attachment_1117" align="alignright" width="200"]The future of Srinivasan and the Chennai Super Kings is bleak with the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan (Photo: IPL) The future of Srinivasan and the Chennai Super Kings is bleak with the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan (Photo: IPL)[/caption]

Now, not only Srinivasan has lost his moral right to continue to be the BCCI president, but the future of two-time IPL winners, the CSK, also looks bleak. Various circles are demanding Srinivasan’s resignation and it seems the BCCI president could not stand it for long.

Mumbai police said they investigated Meiyappan, 35, with the help of the evidence available and arrested him after finding that he was involved in IPL betting case.

Meiyappan’s name first came under the spotlight when actor Virender "Vindoo" Dara Singh was investigated for his alleged links with fixers. According to police investigations, Virender and Meiyappan remained in contact through telephone, and the latter was also seen in the CSK’s dressing room during the IPL matches.

The matter is now affecting the Indian national cricket team and it is not just confined to the IPL, because Sahara Group chief Subrato Roy stated that his group will not sponsor the Indian cricket team as long as Srinivasan is at the helm.

Ironically, Meiyappan had been representing the CSK and was seen as the franchise’s representative at IPL auctions. But today, the CSK’s owners, India Cements, are trying to distance themselves from Meiyappan, saying that he was neither the owner nor the CEO of the franchise.

For Srinivasan, the way out seems impossible as he is not only Meiyappan’s father-in-law but also the managing director of India Cements, which own the CSK.

The CSK’s future is also uncertain. They are set to play the IPL final for the fifth time (fourth time in a row), but it might not happen as their franchise agreement can be terminated under the IPL's own anti-corruption code if allegations prove well founded. In case they play final, winning the title would be a Herculean task for them, and it will be assessed in the final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on May 26.
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