The Indian sports pages are currently full of issues when they should be full of tournament action and Sahara's acrimonious and non-negotiable withdrawal of the Pune Warriors franchise and its sponsorship of the Indian cricket team is the latest evidence of a rudderless ship.
The 30-year-old Sreesanth was one of three players, along with 11 bookmakers, arrested last week on suspicion of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition, the allegations also earning him an immediate suspension from the cricket board.
Former Ranji player Baburao Yadav was on Tuesday arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal even as police said it is likely to seek further custody of three arrested players and some bookies.
While refusing to ban the remaining IPL matches, the Supreme Court Tuesday slammed the BCCI, saying spot fixing incidents had taken place due to its lackadaisical approach in reining in the erring players.
Pune Warriors India, owned by Sahara India Pariwar, pulled out of the already scandal-hit Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday and announced that they will not renew their sponsorship of the Indian cricket team after the present contract expires in December 2013.