Cricket: Fixing scandal casts cloud over Champions Trophy

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, June 03, 2013 (AFP) – The world’s leading cricketers gather for the Champions Trophy in the UK that starts this week against the backdrop of a growing fixing scandal emerging from the Indian Premier League, which has already claimed several high-profile casualties. Such is the extent of the crisis, Narayanswamy Srinivasan, the seemingly all-powerful president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) temporarily stood down from his post on Sunday.

He stepped aside, but did not resign, while police investigations into his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, arrested on May 24 for allegedly taking part in illegal betting on the lucrative IPL, remained ongoing.

Meiyappan is a business executive for the most successful IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings, which is owned by the 68-year-old Srinivasan.

The arrest of Srinivasan’s son-in-law came after three players including India paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two teammates in the IPL’s Rajasthan Royals — Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila — were taken into custody. All the accused deny any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile leading Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was stood down from officiating in the Champions Trophy after fixing allegations against him, which he too denies, were published in the Indian