Will names of six capped Indian players involved in sporting fraud be finally revealed? Will Chennai Super Kings be banned from this year’s IPL? These are the questions pre-dominant in every cricket lover’s mind ahead of the crucial hearing on Friday in the Supreme Court on the betting and spot-fixing in the last year’s IPL.
A Bench headed by Justice A.K. Patnaik will take up for hearing for the first time the report filed by the three-member panel headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal which had pointed fingers at the role of six capped players in spot-fixing and indicted Gurunath Meiyappan, said to be Chennai Super Kings team principal and happens to be BCCI President N Srinivasan’s son-in-law, for betting and passing on confidential information.
All eyes will be on the sealed cover in which the names of six Indian players involved are mentioned and if the Bench decides to reveal the contents of that confidential report, it may open a can of worms.
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Ahead of the hearing, BCCI pleaded with the court not to reveal the names of the players.
“Speculative and baseless charges against leading cricketers have been made by unscrupulous news channels and the apex court must pass an order to prevent any further damage to the image and reputation of innocent cricketers. Since the confidential material in the sealed cover has not been verified to be true, it is most humbly submitted that the material contained in the sealed cover remain with the court and not be released to the parties”, the BCCI said in a written plea.
The committee had said in its report: “The Committee during its interactions and on review of documents provided to it has come across many allegations of sporting fraud. However as of now these are mere allegations and we do not think it proper to cast aspersions on the persons named unless investigations are conducted.”