By passing an interim order on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal last week, the Supreme Court took a small but strong step forward to cleanse a corrupt system that runs the high-stakes T20 tournament. What began as a spot-fixing scandal involving a handful of players during Indian Premier League 2013 has snow-balled into a monster that threatens to destroy Indian cricket.
The most appalling issue of the entire saga has been the phenomenon called 'conflict of interest.' BCCI president N. Srinivasan is sitting at the top of it as managing Director of the company (India Cements) that owns Chennai Super Kings. To add to the misery of the Indian cricket supporters, one of their biggest heroes of the modern game, MS Dhoni, has been linked with dubious activities in IPL 2013. (Also read: Is Srinivasan's dreams of future in ICC also under doubt?)
Even though BCCI's counsel vehemently denied the petitioner's lawyer Harish Salve's accusation that Dhoni testified in favour of Gurunath Meiyappan (Srinivasan's son-in-law), there is a strong apprehension of 'lying under duress', given Captain Col's close association with Srinivasan. Dhoni is a vice-president in India Cements. Yet another case of conflict of interest.