NEW DELHI – Foremer champions of Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) have been suspended from the tournament for two years on Tuesday after team officials were found guilty of illegally betting on matches.
According to reports from Indian media, the decision has been made by a Supreme Court-appointed panel.
The ban on CSK, captained by Indian skipper MS Dhoni will be a devastating blow to the eight-team tournament and is likely to have major backlash on the game of cricket.
In this corruption scandal, CSK’s Gurunath Meiyappan and RR co-owner Raj Kundra have been suspended for life from cricket related activities by the penal of Indian Supreme Court.
Chennai Super Kings is the most successful team in the IPL, having won the tournament in 2010 and 2011, and finished runners-up in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural event in 2008 under the captaincy of Australian spin legend Shane Warne, but have failed to make the final since then.