Why was Chennai Super Kings banned for two years from IPL?
The darkest period for the cricket fans was when the all-time favorite Chennai Super Kings were banned from the IPL for two years. It was disappointing for the fans to not see their team competing in the league. CSK is one of the most followed teams in IPL and has won the IPL title three times in 2010, 2011, and 2018 respectively. The team is known for giving its best in each match. Fans are always excited to watch Chennai Super Kings play against Mumbai Indians. The team led by MS Dhoni was banned along with Rajasthan Royals for spot-fixing which is also known as one of the biggest controversies of the Indian Premier League. During their ban, the question that was in everyone’s mind was ‘Why were the teams banned?’
The reasons behind the ban:
Until September 2008, one of the BCCI regulations, Clause 6.2.4 stated that “No administrator could have, directly or indirectly, any commercial interest in the matches or events conducted by the board.” Despite this clause, N. Srinivasan who was then the treasurer of BCCI, became the owner of the Chennai Super Kings since he was also the Managing Director of India Cements who was one of the main sponsors for the team. Later that year Srinivasan was also elected as the Secretary of BCCI and the clause was amended as “No administrator shall have, directly or indirectly, any commercial interest in any of the events of the BCCI, excluding IPL, Champions League, and Twenty20.”
In May 2013, the son-in-law of Srinivasan, Gurunath Meiyappan who was also the Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings was arrested by the Mumbai Police on charges of placing bets on IPL matches. On the interrogation by the police, it was found that Meiyappan was in contact with bookies. Following this, Srinivasan decided to step aside as the BCCI President temporarily until the inquiry related to the betting case is completed. In February 2014 after the inquiry, the three-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India indicted Meiyappan for illegal betting during IPL 2013.
In July 2015, the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were suspended from the Indian Premier League by the RM Lodha Committee for two years for spot-fixing.
What did MS Dhoni have to say?
The Thala and captain of CSK, MS Dhoni had also faced certain allegations. He also revealed that it was the darkest period of his career and he was hurt by the allegations against him and his entire team for match-fixing. He also said that he believes the biggest crime that he can commit is not murder but match-fixing.
CSK’s comeback in 2018
After a long wait of two years, CSK finally made its comeback in IPL 2018 and that season was more special because the team in yellow ended up becoming the champions and proved to the world that they are a strong team and are capable of being the champions even if the team goes through certain obstacles and witness some rough patches in their journey.
Even though the spot-fixing scandal is considered as one of the biggest controversies in IPL, Chennai Super Kings came through it and also were successful in making a strong comeback. They have proved that bad days makes one stronger. However, the cricket fans are now more excited for the second leg of IPL 2021 which will start from 19th September. The first match of the second leg is scheduled between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings which is sure gonna be an exciting match to watch. Who are you supporting?