Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket clubs Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals could face two-year bans for their part in a corruption scandal.
According to the BBC news website, a panel appointed by the country’s Supreme Court has recommended that both sides be handed bans after being found guilty in an illegal betting and match-fixing investigation.
The three-member panel also recommended Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan, former team principal of the Super Kings, be suspended from all cricket-related activities for life for their part in the setup.
Meiyappan and Kundra were last year found guilty on charges of betting and passing on information to illegal bookmakers.
“Disrepute has been brought to cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL to such an extent that there are doubts abound in the public whether the game is clean or not,“ said Rajendra Lodha, who headed the panel.
The Supreme Court-appointed panel was formed in January this year following an investigation by a separate committee into wrongdoing during the 2013 tournament.
The earlier investigation led to Royals bowlers Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan being arrested on suspicion of accepting money to concede a certain number of runs.
In response, the BCCI national governing body issued both players with lifetime bans.