Bangalore: Playing down Justice Mudgal committee’s report on corruption in the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya said scandals were a part and parcel of the every sport and the brand value of the cash-rich event remained unaffected.
“It happens in every sport. We would not have been sitting here if we would not have been excited about the IPL, committed to the IPL. The brand IPL has been growing in value. It is unfortunate that there are such scams from time to time. But I think the core of IPL is sound,” Mallya said at the sidelines of the Indian Premier League players’ auction.
BCCI Chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, the former Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings, was indicted for betting by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to probe the IPL betting and spot-fixing scam.
Six prominent “Indian capped” players’ names, including one who is part of the current team, also cropped up in the report filed by the committee.Stating that there is no evidence against those six players, whose names have been levelled in fixing controversy, Mallya said, “It is a bunch of speculation. What I do know is that the Supreme Court has specifically permitted this auction to go ahead. Therefore, I don’t think there should be any concern.”
Kings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta said the controversy did not worry her and she expected the truth to come out.IPL Chairman Ranjib Biswal said there was no truth in Justice Mudgal committee’s report.”There is no truth in it even as Justice Mudgal have also clarified on the issue,” he told reporters.Biswal further added that the matter was in the Supreme Court and would take a view on it on March 7.
Biswal said IPL authorities were waiting for the dates of Lok Sabha elections to be announced before taking any decision on the venues.”If the dates are clashing with IPL matches, we will look at some venues outside India. For now, it is very difficult to reply to the question.”