Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 21st 2015 Contents A52
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 21, 2015
NEW DELHI---The Indian cricket
board has brought in former national
team captain Sourav Ganguly to help
put the Indian Premier League back
on track after two of its teams were
suspended by a Supreme Court-
appointed committee last week.
The Board of Control for Cricket in
India, which runs the IPL, yesterday
named the 43-year-old Ganguly in a
working group that will examine the
two-year suspension verdict on Chennai
Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals over
corruption-related charges during the
IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, BCCI
secretary Anurag Thakur, treasurer
Anirudh Chaudhary and legal adviser
Usha Nath Banerjee will be the other
members of the committee.
The BCCI said in a statement that
"the committee will share its recom-
mendations with the governing council
(of the IPL) within a timeframe of six
weeks after consulting all the key stake-
The committee has been formed
amid local media reports that some
BCCI officials are in favor of tougher
punishment for the two teams.
The Justice Lodha committee, which
also announced life bans on Chennai
team principal Gurunath Meiyappan
and Rajasthan co-owner Raj Kundra
for betting on IPL games or being in
contact with illegal gamblers, had said
last week that the BCCI was free to
even ban the teams permanently.
"It is for the BCCI to consider ter-
minating the teams and the Supreme
Court judgment is clear on that. The
BCCI can do that," Justice Lodha said.
The working group s immediate aim
will be to advise the BCCI on the format
of the IPL since it is now reduced to
A six-team league would decrease
the number of matches in the six-week
season from 60 to 34, and would mean
re-negotiating contracts with broad-
casters and the remaining franchises
because the tournament is based on a
revenue sharing model.
The committee is expected to advise
on whether two new teams should be
brought in---for a ten-strong league in
2019---and on how to assimilate players
of the two suspended teams.
Chennai, a two-time champion and
the runner-up this year, is led by India
captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and
features New Zealand captain Brendon
McCullum, West Indies allrounder
Dwayne Bravo and South Africa bats-
man Faf du Plessis.
Rajasthan, the inaugural IPL champ
in 2008, is led by Australia s Steve
Smith, and includes India batsman
Ajinkya Rahane, and New Zealand pace
bowler Tim Southee. (AP)
Ganguly to help
advise way ahead
after IPL suspensions
HARARE---Zimbabwe s cricket board
said yesterday it was investigating
allegations of racism made by senior
player Prosper Utseya against the
board s managing director and former
national team captain Alistair Camp-
Utseya s accusations were made in
a letter to the board in which he claimed
Campbell was behind his own recent
omission from the team.
Utseya, who is black, also claimed
Campbell, who is white, favoured whites
ahead of blacks when it came to
appointing the captain of the national
team and coaching staff.
A committee had been set up to look
at Utseya s allegations, Zimbabwe
Cricket chairman Wilson Manase said.
He said Utseya s letter had been sent
to the board "a long time ago."
"We must treat this carefully and
rest assured the board is handling it,"
Manase said. "We must find a way to
resolve this to make sure that everyone
involved in the game remain at one.
We don t want to bring divisions that
are not warranted."
Utseya declined to comment saying
his letter was not meant to be made
He reportedly sent his letter soon
after the World Cup in February and
March in Australia and New Zealand,
where he didn t play a game for Zim-
However, Utseya was a surprise
inclusion in the Zimbabwe squad for
the showpiece tournament anyway after
being banned from bowling his off-
spinners by the ICC last year because
of an illegal action.
One of Utseya s accusations against
Campbell was that the managing direc-
tor had made comments in the media
that undermined the player with regard
to his bowling.
Utseya has since returned to the team
and was picked for the latter part of
India s limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe
His letter emerged on Saturday, a
day before Zimbabwe beat India in the
second Twenty20 international to draw
the series 1--1, giving the struggling
African team a major boost. Utseya
played in that game.
The 30-year-old Utseya is a former
Zimbabwe captain and has played 162
one-day internationals, making him
one of the most experienced players
on the team.
Zimbabwe cricket board to
investigate racism claims
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