Chennai Super Kings' decision to not retain Michael Hussey despite a brilliant last season surprised many but Mumbai Indians did not seem to mind at all, lapping up the former Australian left-hander in the IPL players' auction in February this year. Hussey's 733 runs from 17 matches in 2013 earned him the Orange Cap but CSK chose to overlook a man who consistently performed for the team since inception of IPL. The reason for the 'axe', of course, may not be entirely, cricketing.
Did Hussey pay the price for 'revealing' the real identity of Gurunath Meiyappan? The son-in-law of suspended Board of Control for Cricket in India boss N. Srinivasan is now facing charges of corruption in the IPL 2013. Hussey ruffled a few feathers when in his biography, Under the Southern Star, he revealed that Meiyappan ran the Chennai franchise.
Hussey's autobiography claimed that Srinivasan had given control of the team to his son-in-law. "Our owner was Indian Cements, headed by Mr Srinivasan. As he was also on the board of the BCCI, he gave control of the team to his son-in-law Mr Gurunath. He ran the team along with Kepler Wessels, who was coach," the book said.
After Meiyappan was booked for betting last year, Srinivasan refused to call his daughter's husband's a Chennai team official. Srinivasan called Meiyappan merely an "enthusiast." A Supreme Court-appointed inquiry committee has already indicted Meiyappan and confirmed that he was more than an "enthusiast."