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ICC chairman, Srinivasan, cleared of corruption charges


NEW DELHI – A probe panel appointed by India’s Supreme Court has cleared International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman, N. Srinivasan, of charges of involvement in betting and spot fixing during Indian Premier League matches, news reports said on Monday.

The panel has, however, said Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, was involved in betting during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.

Srinivasan is the owner of IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings.

Meiyappan, an official of the Chennai Super Kings, was arrested in May 2013 by a Mumbai police team which was probing illegal betting in cricket but he was released on bail after two weeks.

The probe panel report also said Srinivasan and four officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were aware of the violation of a written code of conduct for players by one player but did not take any action against him.

Srinivasan was removed from the post of chief of India’s cricket control board by the Supreme Court in March to ensure fair investigation into the allegations.

He took over as ICC chairman in July.

The Indian Premier League played in the shortened Twenty20 format is hugely popular in India and the rest of the cricketing world.

The league that began in 2008 has seen various allegations of spot fixing and kickbacks in television broadcast rights.

Spot fixing is when bowlers bowl wides and no-balls at particular points of the match which are fixed earlier with bookies. (dpa/NAN)

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