Indian skipper MS Dhoni in centre of IPL match-fixing allegations

6 Indian international players, including skipper MS Dhoni, have been named as part of an inquiry in a match-fixing scandal. The Indian press are reporting MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina are part of an investigation into betting and spot fixing in IPL.

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MS Dhoni is presently with the Indian team in New Zealand preparing for the 2nd Test in Wellington on Friday.  The names of the cricketers have been provided to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover. The inquiry has also identified a cricket team official – Gurunath Meiyappan of IPL franchise the Chennai Super Kings – responsible of illegal betting.

Ex- New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming is the coach of the IPL franchise, but his name hasn’t been attached to any reports.  Meiyappan is the son-in-law of Narainswamy Srinivasan, head of the BCCI and recently chosen head of the ICC.  Since the IPL’s debut in 2008, the league has been dogged by numerous charges like kickbacks in TV rights as well as problems in sponsorship agreements and the bidding process for franchises.

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