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BCCI has moved to restore the IPL's credibility. It could have exerted itself more
With a couple of life bans slapped on errant cricketers and a near zero-tolerance tone adopted in meting out punishments in the spot-fixing scandal, the BCCI would seem to have acted promptly to stem the free fall in the IPL's credibility. However, there is a question: Why were the suits from the IPL's franchise boardrooms, owners and team principals, who were summoned by the police for equally dodgy dealings with another set of bookies, spared the rod?
Early in his report, the anti-corruption unit chief, Ravi Sawani, has spelt out the focus of his investigation and the boundaries set for him by the BCCI. His brief, he writes, was simple: Inquire into the illegal activities of three present Rajasthan Royals players — S. Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila — and a former player, Amit Singh, who could be a fixer and a bookie now. Sawani makes it clear he wasn't picking all the worms in the cricket can. He mentions the alleged betting habits of Vindoo Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of the BCCI president, N. Srinivasan, but adds a rider. "The scope of this inquiry does not extend to the conduct of Mr Guru Meiyappan as that matter is being dealt with by an independent committee being set up by the BCCI."