Mumbai, May 24: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper, might be relieved after reports which quoted BCCI sources saying that the team would not be terminated immediately. Decision over CSK's future in Indian Premier League (IPL) as franchise would be taken after the finale which has been scheduled on Sunday, May 26.
Demand over CSK's termination as IPL franchise was raised following Gurunath Meiyappan's arrest on Friday. Meiyappan, who was known as CSK CEO till Friday evening, was arrested by Mumbai Police over his alleged role in IPL spot fixing scandal.
Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi was quoted as saying, "If an owner of an IPL team is engaged in betting, the contract clearly states that there is a suo motu right to cancel the agreement of the team and that should be done right away."
Speaking about BCCI-IPL rule book, Modi said, "Betting is a strict no no. It is against the constitution of IPL. It is against the constitution of BCCI."
Pressure has mounted on BCCI chief N Srinivasan to resign from his post following arrest of his son-in-law. Srinivasan and CSK's owner India Cement on Friday had tried to save the team after disowning Meiyappan.
TS Raghupathy, Executive President of the India Cements Ltd, owned by BCCI chief and Meiyappan's father-in-law N Srinivasan, said, "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," added the statement.
However, contrary to India Cement's official statement, Modi said, "When I was IPL chairman, passes were issued only after team owners gave us the names and after all documentation."
Modi's remark ignited controversy over Meiyappan's identity. Srinivasan's son-in-law had IPL pass and badge where he was identified as thTeam Principal of Chennai Super Kings (CSK).