IPL spot-fixing leaves cricketing world in a shock
The cricketing world was in shock after Delhi Police late Wednesday night arrested Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila in Mumbai for alleged spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Besides the three players, Delhi Police also arrested seven bookies from Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad in connection with spot-fixing. Batting great Sunil Gavaskar was baffled by the revelations.
“I am completely shocked. The IPL rewards cricketers quite handsomely, some of them are paid over handsomely. Despite that, some players are tempted to take the wrong route is shocking.
“Having said that, we need to wait for the investigations. You are innocent until you proven guilty,” said Gavaskar. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was especially disappointed with Sreesanth.
“I am very upset with Sreesanth. This is a complete loss of a talent. I am really feeling sorry for Rahul Dravid,” said Ganguly. Former and current players outside India too were upset after hearing the news.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said: “Spot Fixing in the IPL... Not the most surprising news I have heard today.” Former Rajasthan Royals coach and captain Shane Warne’s initial reaction was of complete shock “What the hell is this about the Royals in the IPL ? Are the reports True or false?” tweeted Warne.