A good news for all the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans as the men in yellow are likely to return in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as early as next year. MS Dhoni could once again be seen as a captain on the cricketing field as former ICC and BCCI President, and the owner of IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings N Srinivasan said that CSK will be back with a bang in the IPL in 2018.
“M.S. Dhoni, wearing yellow and leading the CSK team onto the ground. Come 2018, there is every possibility of it happening. We will be back with a bang,” said Srinivasan.
“The franchise was unfairly banned and while one can accuse anybody of anything, not a single player of CSK was accused of anything. They did nothing, they just played. For the last two years, the team was not there and many people have said that they miss CSK and without the team, IPL is not the same. It is a powerful brand and a large part of it becoming a brand is of course because of the Captain M S Dhoni,” he added.
On 14 July 2015, the Supreme Court of India appointed RM Lodha committee who suspended the Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL for a period of two years for the alleged involvement of their owners in the betting cases in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.
In May 2013, Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of Srinivasan, was arrested by Mumbai Police on charges of betting on IPL matches and passing on vital team information to bookies. On interrogation, it was found that Meiyappan was in contact with bookies through actor Vindu Dara Singh.
Following this, Srinivasan, on 2 June 2013, decided to step aside as BCCI President temporarily until the inquiry into the spot-fixing case completed. In February 2014, the three-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India to inquire into the spot-fixing scandal indicted Meiyappan for illegal betting and passing on information about team strategies to bookies during the 2013 IPL.
On 25 March 2014, the Supreme Court of India issued an ultimatum to the BCCI demanding that Srinivasan either step down as President or be removed from his position.
On 14 July 2015, the Supreme Court appointed RM Lodha committee who suspended the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings from the Indian Premier League for a period of two years. On 24 February 2016, the Supreme Court of India agreed to hear a plea for lifting the ban on the Chennai Super Kings.
The Chennai Super Kings were the most successful team in the IPL with a win percentage of 60.68 and had won the title twice in 2010 and 2011. They also won the Champions League Twenty20 twice, in 2010 and in 2014.