IPL scandal: Mahendra Singh Dhoni ducks media conference ahead of Wellington Test

With India 1-0 down and facing their first series loss to New Zealand since 2002, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who plays for the IPL's Chennai team, was expected to attend the news conference by the local and travelling Indian press contingent.

updated: February 13, 2014 14:45 IST
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Wellington: India cricket officials shut down any questions about a fixing scandal ahead of the series deciding second Test against New Zealand with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni a no show for the traditional captain's pre-match media conference on Thursday.

A committee set up by the Supreme Court on Sunday found Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI chief N. Srinivasan and an official of the Chennai franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL), guilty of illegal betting during last season's Twenty20 competition.

The scandal surfaced last year when former Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other local cricketers were arrested on suspicion of taking money to concede a fixed number of runs.

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