Once bitten, twice shy. That seems to be the BCCI's mantra.
No wonder, then, that the IPL authorities have decided to bring franchise owners/officials under the purview of its anti-corruption code. Thanks to Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj Kundra and their betting-related offences, the Khans, Zintas, Ambanis, Burmans, Marans and Raos will now have to adhere to the stringent rules of the game. Like the players, the owners, too, will have to notify the respective team's anti-corruption officer about their cellphone numbers, whereabouts, hotel room details, etc. Why, they will also have to inform the officer if they receive gifts from fans and well-wishers.
IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal confirmed the development but said the "code is still being drafted". Mohit Burman, co-owner, Kings XI Punjab, welcomed the decision. "I have no qualms in declaring any of this. I have nothing to hide and I welcome this step," Burman said.
Meanwhile, Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh Stadium hasn't been allotted a single game this season. The reasons are obvious. The Supreme Court may not have declared the results the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections, but the BCCI has conceded that Lalit Modi has won hands down. The former IPL chairman took to Twitter to voice his displeasure. There's not much Rajasthan Royals — already in trouble thanks to co-owner Raj Kundra — can do.