It seems Indian cricket and cricketers are refusing to learn from past mistakes. After the ugly 2014 IPL scandal that shook the cricketing world, the BCCI furnished guidelines to the IPL franchises in an attempt to keep the game clean.
But it seems the IPL franchises and star cricketers have turned a deaf ear to the guidelines.
According to the 'zero tolerance policy' franchises are not allowed to host yacht parties and lavish dinner at five star hotels. The policy also states that strangers will not be allowed to visit players' hotel room.
But Bollywood actor and Kings XI Punjab co-owner Priety Zinta, Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan and some players of the Chennai Super Kings have broke the protocol.
According to a report in Indian Express, the Anti-Corruption Security Unit (ACSU) of the BCCI has sent an email to the board with a list of protocol violations last season.
The newspaper reported that ACSU chief Ravi Sawani in his mail has listed the violations that included Kings XI Punjab co-owner Priety Zinta's hosting a lavish yacht party, a mysterious woman who spent a night in the room of a Chennai Super Kings player and a dinner hosted by Shah Rukh Khan's friend without prior permission.
The email further said that these incidents by franchise owners and players have violated operational rules and the Anti-Corruption Code during last year's IPL.
Here are the excerpts that The Indian Express published.
On April 30, 2014: Preity Zinta hosted a party for the entire squad of KXIP, aboard a yacht anchored 2 km off the Mumbai coast. The yacht was provided gratis by its owner, reportedly friends of Zinta. No outside guests were present other than one personal lady friend of Zinta. What is a matter of concern is that the owners are being investigated by the ICC ACSU for their contacts with players and betting on cricket.
On May 8, 2014: Shah Rukh Khan's friend and business partner hosted a dinner for the entire KKR Team where other friends and relatives of the host and SRK were also present.
On April 9, 2014: Hotel JW Marriott Aerocity New Delhi, one of the sponsors of Delhi Daredevils, hosted a dinner at the hotel for the team. More than 100 outsiders were invited as guests to the dinner and they freely mingled with the players and support staff. Neither was any prior intimation of this dinner given nor did the DD management share the list of invitees with the ACU.
On May 8, 2014: A young lady who was not related to a CSK player visited his room in ITC Grand Maurya in Mumbai. She entered the room of the player at 2150 hrs and left at 0605 hrs the next day. When questioned, the player described her as a good friend.
On May 9, 2014: Another young lady entered the room of another CSK player at 2210 hrs and left the next morning at 0730 hrs. When questioned, the player stated that she was a very close friend and that he was likely to marry her. Through inquiries by the ACU, it came to light that in the past the same lady has been in touch with the player Sreesanth and a few other senior players of different IPL teams. She has often been seen in the stadiums cheering for RCB and had a green accreditation card during IPL 2013.
- Two players of Hyderabad Sunrisers have been receiving a very large number of visitors in their hotel rooms irrespective of the city they are in.
- A senior foreign player of KXIP allowed his male friend to stay with him in his room and also travel with the team squad in the team bus on return from the match venue. The same person who appears to be a former player accompanied the KXIP player to the practice sessions in the team bus.
- The players' agents are now not staying in the same hotels. However, they often visit them at the hotels. Nothing has come to notice that may cause alarm in this regard.
- Whenever players reach their home cities they tend to stay overnight at their own residences. While this may not be a problem by itself it is very difficult for the ACU to monitor the activities/visitors of individual players staying in different locations.
Sawani stated in the email that a pre-season communication reminding franchises about the ACU protocol was sent by IPL COO Sundar Raman that year.
One of the protocol sent by Raman states that "Only blood relations or wives/partners can stay in player's room."
However, the CSK player violated and so as the franchises. It now remains to be seen if the BCCI takes action or not.