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NEW DELHI---India s Supreme Court has
preferred its own panel of investigators to
check into corruption in the Indian Premier
League rather than let Indian cricket scru-
The court yesterday decided to ask Justice
Mukul Mudgal, who headed a three-man
commission last year that found Chennai
Super Kings team principal Gurunath
Meiyappan guilty of being in contact with
illegal bookmakers, to lead a renewed inves-
"We ve given our consent," retired judge
Mudgal told the NDTV news channel. "It s
now up to the esteemed court to guide us
on the way forward at the hearing next
The court last week asked the Board of
Control for Cricket in India how it intended
to investigate spot-fixing allegations in the
IPL, and decided using the sport s governing
body was not the best path.
The BCCI yesterday proposed a three-
man panel comprising former India all-
rounder Ravi Shastri, former Central Bureau
of Investigation chief RK Raghavan and
retired Calcutta High Court judge JN Patel,
but could not convince the court that it
could carry out a credible investigation.
Meiyappan is the son-in-law of suspend-
ed BCCI chief Narainswami Srinivasan,
whose role will also be investigated.
Though Srinivasan was not directly impli-
cated, Mudgal s commission reportedly
named him among 13 people who needed
to be investigated, since allegations against
them could not be proved immediately.
The issue came to the Supreme Court
after a two-man BCCI panel initially cleared
Meiyappan last year. Bu the Bombay High
Court, after it was petitioned by Bihar Crick-
et Association secretary Aditya Verma,
COLOMBO---Sri Lanka stars Kumar Sangakkara
and Mahela Jayawardene are facing disciplinary
action for their public criticism of cricket board
officials in a dispute over their retirement from
Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement yesterday
that it decided to refer the "unsubstantiated state-
ments" of the players to the disciplinary committee
"for their views and recommendations."
Sangakkara and Jayawardene, on their return
home from the World Twenty20 triumph in
Bangladesh this month, hit out at board officials
who criticised them for announcing their retire-
ment from the shortest format of the game to the
media before discussing it with officials.
At a news conference arranged at the airport
to welcome the team, the two stalwarts said they
were only responding to media queries when they
said the tournament was their last World Twenty20
and they never mentioned retirement.
However, they said SLC secretary Nishantha
Ranatunga and chief executive Ashley de Silva
criticised them in the media without ascertaining
if they really made such a statement.
The two players played crucial hands in the
final against India, and Sangakkara s match-win-
ning half century won him the player of the match
Both players subsequently handed letters of
resignation from T20 internationals to the cricket
COLOMBO---Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace
resigned yesterday just three months into his two-
year contract to become the England assistant coach.
Sri Lanka Cricket announced Farbrace s move in
The SLC and England and Wales Cricket Board
had been in negotiations over compensation for Far-
brace s early release. He was contracted to December
During his short stint, Farbrace coached Sri Lanka
to World Twenty20 and Asia Cup championships
and the team lost just one match in 18 outings.
However, he left for England immediately after
the World Twenty20 victory over India, and Sri
Lankan officials expressed surprise on being told by
the ECB that it was interested in recruiting Farbrace
as one of their coaches and sought his early release.
Peter Moores was unveiled as the new England
coach on Saturday, and Farbrace will be his assistant
in all three formats.
Their first assignment will be against Sri Lanka,
which begins a 14-match tour of England and Ireland
in less than two weeks.
Farbrace, an Englishman, kept wicket for Kent and
Middelesex before taking to coaching. He was Sri
Lanka s assistant coach for three years, and was
wounded by shrapnel when the national team was
attacked by terrorists in Pakistan in 2009. (AP)
Sri Lanka coach
Farbrace quits for
announced that BCCI panel s decision to clear Meiyap-
pan was "illegal and unconstitutional."
The spot-fixing controversy arose last year after
the arrest of a clutch of players including former test
cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth for spot-fixing.
Supreme Court wants own investigators in IPL case
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