Cricket and corruption

Hi Everybody

It has been a while since I last wrote a blog post. I know, I know. Excuses can be many, but I’m not sure if they are really relevant, are they? One thing I can say is that I have watched cricket lately. You might read my predictions before IPL started? Quite correctly I predicted that Chennai Super Kings would make it to the final. I also expected Pune to be in the bottom of the table. My questions about whether or not there were too many strong voices in the Mumbai team must have been observed very carefully by the management there. How else could they manage the “clever” move of benching their captain and most expensive player? Thanks a lot for listening to me!

But. This time IPL was much more about the controversies that surrounded it than the game itself. Some time back I wrote about the 4 C’s of India. As you might remember from that article, I said that cricket and cash are two of the C’s. But there actually seems to be some kind of formula here. If you add Cricket + Cash you actually get Corruption…


Exactly where it started is difficult to say. Maybe with the arrest of three players from Rajasthan Royals? They were immediately accused with spot fixing, which means that they have played unfair and not always done their very best. Interestingly enough, I haven’t been able to find any stories that says specifically what they have been charged for doing. But that’s maybe just part of the game?

But it all became worse, much more badly. Gurunath Meiyappan, who was at that time the CEO of Chennai Super Kings also got arrested. He was accused of having been in touch with a former Bollywood struggler who again has been in contact with some bookies. And to make it worse, this Bollywood struggler has in a number of matches been seen seated next to the wife of Indians captain, MS Dhoni. The same mister Dhoni who refused to talk about corruption on duty for the Indian national team lately.

And the story doesn’t even stop there! Mr Meiyappan is actually the son in law of a certain N Srinivasan, who is the owner of CSK and also the head of the Board of Cricket Council India! In other words, he’s maybe the most powerful man in cricket India. He’s also the CEO of the company India Cement, which is the main sponsor of CSK and the company in which Dhoni just got appointed as vice president! What he’s going to do in that company is highly unclear. Connections you might ask? For sure!

What is this all about? Money! The highly regarded magazine India Today have run a number of stories of this. In their cover page story at their last issue they suggested that mister Srinivasan is the spider in the middle of a very strong network. Some of my colleagues suggest that there are some even more powerful people who are those who really run the whole thing and that even Srinivasan is just one piece of it. More of that in a later blog post!

Talk to you soon!