Welcoming the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the committee which probed the IPL betting scam, said that the temporary suspension will actually help restore people’s faith in the IPL.
“This is a very strong punishment. I think it will have a good effect on IPL, BCCI and the players. I think this is a temporary setback and cricket will come out cleaner and people’s faith on IPL will be restored,” Mudgal said.
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said the board is “committed to honour and respect judicial decisions” but will go through the contents of the panel’s report before reacting to it.
Former BCCI president AC Muthiah said, “Whatever has happened in BCCI, nobody stood up for the wrong doing. All this rules were already in place but they were done to suit individuals. I think, IPL should be kept alive and BCCI needs to distance itself from IPL. It should be run by an independent body comprising eminent people.”
Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the IPL scandal, hailed the verdict and demanded that BCCI should withdraw N Srinivasan’s nomination as its representative in the ICC.
However, BCCI counsel C Aryama Sundaram said he did not entirely agree with the decision. “I do find a slight problem on a purely legal platform as to the suspension of the two teams for that long a period,” he said.