The man in question - Mr N Srinivasan, the owner of CSK no less. Criticism pored out from various quarters, most emphatically from the Mumbai Indians franchise which accused the CSK management of foul play, i.e., "rigging" the player auction. After all, while all the other teams underwent major shake-ups in their make-up, Chennai saw the retention and buying-back of several of its players from the IPL 2010 squad.
After Murali Vijay, M S Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Albie Morkel were all retained prior to the auction, six other players who played for Chennai in IPL3 were snapped up by the very same franchise in the bidding. These were Subramamian Badrinath, Michael Hussey, Srikkanth Anirudha, Shadab Jakati, R Ashwin and Doug Bollinger.
Such a development points to fishy goings-on behind the scenes where Mr N Srinivasan apparently holds sway. Being a member of the IPL governing council and the President Elect of the BCCI while also owning an IPL franchise, indicates an obvious conflict of interest. It opens up the way for one party to pull strings and "fix" the auction in such a way that Chennai benefits. But ultimately it just doesn't seem fair that a team like Bangalore lose all its local stars to other franchises, while Chennai retains its favourite sons.