New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) on Sunday suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested for alleged involvement in IPL spot-fixing, from any involvement in the IPL team and cricket in general pending inquiry.

Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Friday. "The BCCI has taken note of the detention by the Mumbai Police of Gurunath Meiyappan, who is a member of the team management of Chennai Super Kings," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said.

"Pending further investigations and any subsequent hearing by the BCCI Disciplinary Committee or the IPL Code of Behaviour Committee, Meiyappan has been suspended by the BCCI from any involvement in the sport of cricket and in particular from any involvement with the Chennai Super Kings team," he added.

Jagdale said BCCI officials have also held meetings with the Mumbai Police. "BCCI officials met with officers from the Mumbai Police on May 23 evening and will continue to offer all assistance to the police and regulatory authorities," he said.

The Board is particularly concerned about the credibility crisis the IPL has suffered because of the spot-fixing scandal, which led to the arrest of three cricketers, including India Test pacer S Sreesanth and a large number of bookies with underworld connections.

The Board officials feel that Gurunath's arrest has made Srinivasan's position untenable and his reluctance to step down has made it even more embarrassing.

(JPN/Agencies)

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