Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of Indian cricket team visited the former Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) President N Srinivasan at his resident in Chennai today, reports Firstpost. Soon, the criticism started to revolve in media after the meeting for which Dhoni took an off.
Srinivasan was the owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), of which Dhoni was the team captain. CSK and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were suspended for two years by the BCCI after the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee found both the team owner's, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra (RR) guilty of betting.
Due to conflict of interest, Srinivasan had to detach himself from the CSK. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association President was also removed from the top BCCI post after the spot-fixing cases against his son-in-law Meiyappan were proved right. He now only serves as the International Cricket Council Chairman.
According to the reports, Dhoni met Srinivasan to discuss matters relating to CSK, which eventually led to speculation everywhere in the media channels. Dhoni later refused to comment on his visit.
Aditya Verma, who was the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing case said in a letter to Dhoni that the meeting with the tainted boss should have been avoided.
Quotes from Verma’s letter to the ODI captain of India:
"Today I am shocked to see a channel showing that you (Dhoni) went to visit Srini's house for breakfast. Legally there's no bar but being a captain of Team India you can avoid a visit to his home.
"Earlier you have faced criticism when you gave a statement to Mudgal committee about Guru's role in CSK. Everybody knows that who pressurised you to give your statement regarding Guru's role in CSK. Lastly Lodha committee banned Gurunath for life due to conflict of interest of Srinivasan in BCCI and CSK.
"Hon'ble Supreme Court ousted Srinivasan from BCCI in his order dated 22.01.2015. You are the captain of national team at present. When Lodha Committee report is awaited, your visit to ex-CSK owner's home is giving a wrong message to sports world. Nobody is above the law, so don't repeat such silly things again for the sake of BCCI... " he wrote.
The meeting of the Indian captain with his former team owner leave us many questions with blank answers. The Indian cricket fraternity is still trying come out from the IPL-spot fixing trauma which dented the nation’s favourite game.
The Dhoni-led Indian team defeated the South African team yesterday at the Chepauk in Chennai to level the 5-match ODI series by 2-2. Both the teams now travel to Mumbai to face each other in the series decider at the Wankhede Stadium.