In ICC`s Code of Ethics: No law for son-in-law!
New Delhi: BCCI president N Srinivasan should thank the Almighty that Gurunath Meiyappan is not his son but son-in-law.
The ICC`s constitution has a detailed documentation on the Code of Ethics for the custodians of the game in various countries and clauses which are considered as serious breach.
According to ICC`s Code of Ethics, there is a specific clause pertaining to gambling, gaming and betting where a `Director` or equivalent and his family members cannot indulge in any activity pertaining to "betting business" but there is no specific mention of son-in-law in that particular clause.
The clause 7.2 (d) of ICC`s Code of Ethics states: "It is not permitted and a Director shall be in breach of this Code if a member of his immediate family (being a spouse, parent, sibling, son or daughter) has a controlling interest in a betting business, a substantial relationship with a betting business or is employed in the day to day operational control of a betting business."
If one goes by the clause, Meiyappan`s arrest on charges of betting on IPL matches can`t be called a breach of ICC code on Srinivasan`s part.
At a media conference in Kolkata today, Srinivasan was specifically asked a question on whether Gurunath`s arrest brings into question the violation of the caluse 7.2 (d), and he gave a half-hearted reply.
"If you are looking at ICC rules. I`ve to see it myself. I`ve not done anything wrong. We will see and examine it as you brought it to my attention. It`s for the ICC to look into it," Srinivasan said.
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