Ness Wadia might face more trouble on IPL pitch

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly considering to cancel the Indian Premier League accreditation over the issue of his suspended jail sentence in Japan. Wadia had been booked on charges of carrying drugs in Japan and handed a two-year jail sentence, which remains suspended for five years. He has since returned home.

However, the Kings XI Punjab co-owner might well be deprived of attending the IPL games as the BCCI is reportedly considering the cancel is accreditation. National daily Indian Express has reported that the BCCI is also contemplating to refer the matter to the board’s ombudsman to determine is any further action is required.Ness Wadia arrest cas

PTI adds: BCCI’s Committee of Administrators will discuss the issue on Friday. However, it is still not clear whether the matter will be handed over to the IPL Ethics Committee,  comprising three office-bearers – acting President CK Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry – or the newly appointed Ombudsman Justice (Retd) DK Jain.

“The matter will come up for discussion on May 3 at the COA meeting in Mumbai. It needs to be discussed whether the COA will refer the matter to Justice Jain or the three office-bearers. Since we have a retired SC Judge as Ethics Officer, it’s only fair that the matter is referred to him,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.

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When asked if Kings XI Punjab can be suspended, the official said: “It’s all in the realms of speculation. The BCCI legal team, Ombudsman all need to come together.”

There is no clarity on whether Wadia’s sentencing, even if it brings disrepute to the franchise, can actually lead to a team’s suspension. “The matter is not directly related to IPL. Yes one owner was arrested in a foreign country. Now his image is tarnished. If that affects the brand, then action should be taken against the owner and not the brand. In any case, proper procedures will be followed,” said the official.

IPL Operational Rules state that no team official involved with the league can act in a manner which brings disrepute to the team, the league, the BCCI or the game on or off the field. In case the person is found guilty, it can even lead to suspension of the team. Ombudsman might be asked to determine whether Wadia’s act has brought the game, the IPL or the BCCI to any kind of disrepute.

A top Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has demanded action against Kings XI Punjab. According to media reports, the official cited the examples of Chennai Super Kings in order to strengthen his claims. He said that the rules should not be different and wants the matter to be dealt by code of ethics committee. Chennai Super Kings along with Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years in 2015 after their co-owners were found guilty of malpractices. However, the argument might not stand in Wadia’s case as the issues with the two franchisees than was directly related to the game and the IPL.

“If they (CSK) can be suspended for 2 years for betting related offences, this is much more serious and why change the precedent now, this has to be sent to the code of ethics committee and definite action needs to be taken against the franchise and the CO-owner. There are no two rules for different franchises. The least is to ban Ness Wadia from all cricketing activities for life,” NDTV Sports has quoted the official as saying.

Media reports on Tuesday have suggested that Wadia was arrested at the New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, an island in northern Japan, as he was found to be in possession of 5g of cannabis resin. He had was indicted on March 20 and had spent an undisclosed period in detention. Wadia, however, had denied reports about his arrest, while confessing that he carried the drug for personal consumption.

Wadia had flown to Japan to visit Niseko town in Hokkaido — a popular destination for skiers from across Asia.

The Wadia Group had confirmed that the Japanese court did award a jail term to Ness and the sentence was suspended. The development will not impact Ness Wadia in the discharge of any of his responsibilities and he will continue to play the role that he has done hitherto, both within the Group and outside, a Group spokesperson had stated.

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