Former India captain Sourav Ganguly joined the Supreme Court-appointed Mudgal committee, which is probing the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, as an expert on cricketing affairs.
The panel is headed by Retd Justice Mukul Mudgal and includes advocates L. Nageswara Rao, Niloy Dutta and senior IPS officer B.B. Mishra.
“We had requested Sourav Ganguly to join the IPL probe panel and he has agreed to join us in the investigations. I had telephoned Sourav and he confirmed me about coming on board. We haven’t yet decided on the day when we will meet,” Justice Mudgal told PTI .
“Since our committee member L. Nageswara Rao was not present, we couldn’t fix the date of our next meeting. We will let you know when the committee meets next,” he added.
The Supreme Court had directed the probe committee to select a cricketer of ‘impeccable integrity’ who would help the committee on the cricketing matters related to IPL betting and spot-fixing.
The scandal has so far led to the arrests of former CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, India discard S Sreesanth, first-class cricketers Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila along with Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh. Suspended BCCI chief N Srinivasan has also been named in the initial report submitted by the Mudgal committee.
Actively doing commentary as well as writing columns, Ganguly will be allowed to carry on with his media commitments. “He is absolutely free to carry on with his media commitments. His job is to help us with the role of cricketing angle in the whole issue, and it does not stop him from doing commentary and writing columns,” Mr. Mudgal said.