N. Srinivasan Gives up Ownership of Chennai Super Kings
Former BCCI president N. Srinivasan is no longer an owner of Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings.
According to reports, he has transferred his entire 29% shares in India Cements, the principal owners of Chennai Super Kings, to a cricketers’ Trust. Srinivasan is the managing director of CSK.
Effectively, 29% of the revenue generated by CSK will go to the India Cements Cricketers’ Trust.
“My background and history is of supporting cricket,” Srinivasan has been quoted as saying in a national daily.
According to sources “Creation of the Trust and transferring his (Srinivasan’s) ownership rights to the trust is complete. That decision is now irreversible. CSK is not owned by Srinivasan anymore and BCCI has been informed about the changes.”
In January, the Supreme Court had barred Srinivasan from participating in the BCCI elections for conflict of interest.
The top court said, Srinivasan was ineligible because he had “commercial interest” in Indian cricket since he owned an IPL team. Srinivasan was seeking a fresh term as BCCI president.
The Tamil Nadu strongman is currently the chairman of the ICC. Given his hot and cold relationship with the current BCCI management headed by President Jagmohan Dalmiya and Secretary Anurag Thakur, Srinivasan may not continue in this position for long.
Recently, CSK owners had a fresh controversy recently when they valued their team at Rs 5 lakh only. The Indian cricket board has sought legal opinion on the “low” valuation. There are allegations of snooping activities against Srinivasan.
Chennai Super Kings and their owners have been under the scanner ever since the 2013 IPL match-fixing and betting scandal broke.
Gurunath Meiyappan, a team owner and the son-in-law of Srinivasan, has been indicted by a Supreme Court panel for betting and sharing team information.