Former India captain Sourav Ganguly insisted, that it was possible for the lucrative Indian Premier League to “get back on track” following a betting scandal that saw two of its eight teams dramatically suspended. The RM Lodha committee appointed by the Supreme Court, announced its verdict, to ban the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), led by India one-day international captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Rajasthan Royals, skippered by Australia’s Steven Smith, for two years, from the lucrative Twenty20 franchise tournament to protect “the integrity of the game”.
“It’s not a very good news for the IPL but I have always believed that few wrong things here and there doesn’t make the tournament bad,” Ganguly said.
“I hope the IPL recovers because it’s not just about the off-field issues but about cricket as well which has attracted players from all around the world and made T20 cricket into such a great platform. So, hopefully we will recover and we will get IPL back on track,” he added.
The Lodha panel also came down hard on Gurunath Meiyappan — the son-in-law of Narayanaswami Srinivasan, the Chennai franchise owner and the current chairman of of the International Cricket Council — banning him for life from cricket. A similar punishment was handed down to London based businessman Raj Kundra, co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals and husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.
Ganguly, speaking, following a meeting of the MCC World Cricket Committee on which he sits, told reporters at London’s Lord’s Cricket Ground: “That’s the way it is. There was a committee appointed to decide the punishment and they felt that was the way to go forward.”