Muralidharan said. "She got players to boycott the tie by half an hour. It was internationally telecast, and if it had been held up by a further half hour, she would have endangered the fate of the IBL, risked damaging the image of BAI and lost the faith of spectators. She gave the governing council a tough time, but now ball is in the president's court."
He added that there were provisions for a life ban, a 6-year-ban, and an unconditional apology (and no ban) in his recommendation. When asked why no franchise was informed about the precise rules of replacement of players, which led to the original confusion, Muralidharan said, "That's not my duty or under my purview."
Gutta had been served a 14-day show cause notice by BAI for her conduct during the tie, but was not informed of the recommended ban. Banga Beats coach Vimal Kumar had said earlier that confusion about replacement rules had led to the fracas.
In her response to BAI, Jwala said, "It was a decision by the Delhi franchise and not an individual move. Owners asked me to act like that and there is nothing wrong on my part. I have been appointed as an icon player by Delhi and as a captain I acted." Muralidharan said he wasn't convinced and had recommended a ban, so that BAI would be seen as cracking the whip on errant players.
The event's organisers Sporty Solutionz had apparently sent a similar notice to the Delhi team for an explanation, but no action on the franchise is imminent. "How can she alone be punished for a team decision?" Arif questioned. "The BAI is alienating its own players, and this will show in India's performance."