The Supreme court of India appointed Lodha panel has suspended IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years after being charged in connection with the betting and spot-fixing scandals in the IPL.
Both IPL teams will not be able to participate in any IPL event for next two year. The committee also banned Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for life from all BCCI-related cricket activities. Both of them were charged with the involvement in betting activities during IPL 2013. Players of the banned franchises will not be affected with this ban and are still free to be a part of any of the remaining teams if chosen.
"The players are free. They will not be attached to a particular team of the franchise that is suspended. We thought that cricket is bigger than individuals and body andindividuals, then the financial loss to players and franchises is not of significance," Justice Lodha said.
The decision was taken based on the findings of the Mukul Mudgal panel. A committee was formed by the Supreme court of India comprising former Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha and ex-judges Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran to define "the quantum of punishment, if any, to be imposed on Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra and also their respective franchises."
Justice Mukul Mudgal said that the decision has been taken for the best of the IPL. This may cause a temporary setback, but will have a positive long-term impact on players, administrators & others. "There will be a temporary setback but the game of cricket will be back cleaner. People will have more faith in cricket now," he said.
Well, the audience might get a little disappointed knowing that they will not be seeing their popular CSK and RR teams for next two IPLs. Both RR and CSK have been former champions in the IPL games and it will definitely affect the outcomes of the upcoming series without them.