A Supreme Court hearing on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal will dominate a day when the seventh edition of the world's richest and strongest T20 league is scheduled to make a rousing start far away in the Emirates. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will play Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening game in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night, but the real spotlight will be on what the apex court says after the lawyers of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) aim to resurrect the image of a tainted tournament and some of its big honchos, including its ousted chief, N. Srinivasan. (Check the full IPL schedule here)
Never in the history of the IPL - it began in 2008 - have court cases left the game in its wake. As teams battle sweltering heat to prepare for day games in the desert kingdom, the BCCI's embattled president Srinivasan is fighting a grim battle to win back his lost throne.
The Supreme Court, through an interim order on March 28, has already ousted Srinivasan as Board chief. On the basis of a probe report submitted by former justice Mukul Mudgal and his team on February 10, a two-judge bench suspended Srinivasan till the IPL scam was solved and culprits punished. Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been charged for betting and sharing team information. Meiyappan was a member of Chennai Super Kings, a team owned by India Cements. Srinivasan is the Managing Director of India Cements.