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KKR CEO on IPL fixing scandal: 'This is not a new story, is it?'

Source: PTI
February 11, 2014 16:39 IST
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Describing the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal as an old story, Kolkata Knight Riders CEO and Managing Director Venky Mysore says everything is on track as far as his franchise is concerned.

"This is not the new story, is it? Still, it is a process and let it continue and we are eagerly awaiting the completion of the process. So, once it is all sorted out, we will know what is the outcome of all this. But, at the moment, there is nothing that tells me that anything has changed as far as the next two days are concerned," Venky told reporters at a promotional event on Tuesday, ahead of the players' auction in Bengaluru.

Kolkata Knight RidersAsked whether the auction should take place after the Supreme Court-instituted Justice Mudgal committee indicted Meiyappan, Venky said there are higher authorities to take a call on it.

"It is not for me to decide. There are much higher authorities and more qualified people who will take the call. We have not heard anything to the contrary. So, everything is on track," he added.

On Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina's names cropping up in the controversy, Venky said he hasn’t seen the report and is not a competent authority to speak on it.

"It will be unfair of you to ask me this question and for me to answer that," he said.

Asked is it fair for Chennai Super Kings to continue in the IPL after the recent revelations, Venky replied, "I have no standing at all to answer that question."

On whether the presence of Chennai Super Kings owner and Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan during Wednesday’s IPL auction will affect him in any way, Venky said the franchise's focus is on the auction.

"I don't want to take my eyes off the ball."

Venky said KKR always takes precautionary measures to prevent malpractices and has standard operating procedures in place.

"We have that as part of code of conduct as well," he added.

Talking about KKR's IPL auction preparations, Venky said, "It is something like going and taking an examination. Until you are prepared, and until we go and take it, we don't know."

Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, the former Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings, was indicted for betting by a panel, headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

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