Siddharth Trivedi plays crucial role in Royals' tight spot
When Rajasthan Royals paceman Siddharth Trivedi appeared before cops of the special cell in Delhi last week, his interrogators wanted to know whether he had informed his franchise that bookies had approached him and he had been accepting expensive gifts from them.
Trivedi’s response was in the negative, and interestingly, it’s during this questioning that RR co-owner Raj Kundra and his associate Umesh Goenka’s names cropped up.
“We asked him if he had informed his team management about what bookies had been offering him. Initially, he was reluctant to reveal anything, but later said that he was unsure of whom to approach, as it was Goenka who had been asking him for inside information on a regular basis,” claimed one of the investigators handling the case.
“This was the dilemma he was faced with, as Goenka is very close to Kundra. He was in a fix and decided to turn approver after much thought,” he added.
The special cell took serious note of Trivedi’s statement.
He recorded his statement in front of a magistrate last week and the police are banking heavily on the bowler’s cooperation to crack the sordid case that has left many players and administrators with torn reputations.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stressed on “Gross Misconduct” when it comes to contracts between franchises and players.