PrevNext

Spot-fixing case should have been investigated by police: Azad

Former India cricketer Kirti Azad today questioned the BCCI's logic behind setting up an inquiry commission to probe the spot-fixing scandal that had rocked IPL-5, saying police should have investigated the matter.

Azad said the BCCI has no authority to conduct a criminal investigation on its own and the five players should have been booked by police for their involvement in spot-fixing.

Kirti Azad
Kirti Azad. Photo: Subhash Barolia

"Why were the five players caught not booked? BCCI is no authority to conduct criminal investigation. The police should have handled such a matter," said Azad at a FICCI conference on regulating sports betting here.

"Before regulating betting, one should regulate sports associations first. That is where the Government is losing out a lot of income through taxes," he added.

BCCI had suspended five uncapped Indian players pending completion of an inquiry after a television sting operation claimed to have exposed corruption in the cash-rich IPL.

The cricket board ordered a preliminary inquiry into the incident by Ravi Sawani, the former chief of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit, who is now heading the BCCI's newly set-up Anti-Corruption Unit.

The five players are TP Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab), Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali, a Delhi cricketer, who now represents Himachal Pradesh.

Azad, a vocal critic of IPL, sat on a hunger strike outside the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here on May 20, demanding that the IPL, which has been a hit by a series a controversies, be scrapped.

Retired Justice Mukul Mudgal, who was also present at the function, said, "Around 20,000 crore could be earned through taxes per annum if betting is legalised."

You May Like

MORE FROM JAGRAN

0 Comments

    Leave a Reply