Spot fixing cloud over IPL

A TV channel today claimed to have blown the lid off “murky deals” in the IPL among players, organisers, owners and big guns of Indian cricket, prompting the BCCI to warn that stringent action will be taken if the report is found to be true.

The channel, India TV, claimed it had done a sting operation in which many players confessed on hidden camera they get much more than their prescribed auction under the table.

According to the channel, its operation also revealed that spot-fixing is not only prevalent in IPL but also that first class matches are fixed and women played an important role in match-fixing.

Shalabh Srivastava (right) is one of the players allegedly 'exposed' by the sting operation. Pic/Suresh K.K.

The sting operation allegedly shows local players like Shalabh Srivastava, T P Sudhindra and Mohnish Mishra. The video purpotedly shows that local players go against the IPl rule book and negotiate with teams to get a better package. The sting claims that Deccan Chargers' Sudhindra asked for money to change his team, while Srivatsava allegedly asked for Rs 10 lakh to bowl a no-ball.

Mohnish Mishra had told them that he was earning 1.45 crore with the Deccan Chargers. According to the BCCI guidelines, he can not earn more than 30 Lakh as he is an uncapped player, but Mishra apparently confessed that he gets 1 crore in black money.  

Superstars of Indian cricket and even an international player, who is a captain of one of the teams, are involved in fixing the matches, the channel said in a statement.

Asked about the sting operation, BCCI chief N Srinivasan said,”We will ensure that the integrity of the game is protected. BCCI believes in the integrity of the game. We will take the strictest possible action. We will have to have the tapes and the moment we see it, whoever is the player, we will take very very strict action.”

“If there is any truth in it… It is a fact that we will take strictest action. Even if it means suspending the player immediately. But (that has to be) based on some evidence and fact, for which I have asked the COO of IPL Sundar Raman to request for the tape,” he said.

Srinivasan said he has asked the Governing Council of the IPL so that in the morning there will be a tele-conferencing of the governing council to go into this matter. We will act to show that this is not tolerated.”

“IPL, we believe is clean. We have got the Anti-Corruption Unit covering it. They are the in-chanrge of the security. We have got Ravi Swami, who was heading BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit to take it up for us.”

“People can make allegations. But if there is any shred of evidence, we will take action. The channel claimed that an IPL player confessed that he was getting Rs.1.45 crore from its owner whereas he was in the Rs.30 lakh slab.

It named an IPL player, claiming he had bowled a no-ball in last year’s first class match on the insistence of the channel’s reporter. He had also assured to change his team in future if he was paid Rs.60 lakh, the channel said. Another player demanded Rs.10 lakh for bowling a no-ball in an IPL match, it said.

The channel said a pattern has emerged where a particular bowler pitches easy deliveries and there are dropped catches.

The BCCI also said in release that it will seek a "complete footage" of the 'sting operation' and examined thoroughly.

"Some TV channels have been reporting a story pertaining to alleged unacceptable practices by players participating in the IPL The complete footage of the 'sting operation' will be sought, and examined thoroughly. The GC will meet on an emergent basis to review the footage and take appropriate strict action," Board Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in the release.

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