CRACK­DOWN ON FIX­ERS

Three sus­pects ar­rested over IPL bet­ting racket

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW DELHI ar­rests led po­lice to “foil the al­leged bet­ting at­tempts of the ac­cused.”

Nearly all gambling is il­le­gal in In­dia but is a huge un­der­ground in­dus­try.

The money-spin­ning IPL, the world’s most pop­u­lar do­mes­tic cricket league, has been plagued by con­tro­ver­sies since its in­cep­tion in 2008. Cor­rup­tion and match-fix­ing have of­ten taken cen­tre-stage.

A spot-fix­ing scan­dal in 2013 led to the Chen­nai Su­per Kings and Ra­jasthan Roy­als be­ing sus­pended in 2015 for two sea­sons.

“The Anti-Cor­rup­tion Unit of the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) has been track­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als, as a re­sult of which three sus­pects were ar­rested in Kan­pur on Thurs­day,” the board said in a state­ment.

“Fol­low­ing this op­er­a­tion, the Ut­tar Pradesh Po­lice Crime Branch could suc­cess­fully foil the al­leged bet­ting at­tempts of the ac­cused.”

The 2013 scan­dal saw Shan­thaku­maran Sreesanth, a Ra­jasthan Roy­als bowler, be­ing banned for life along with team­mates Ankit Cha­van and Ajit Chandila for in­volve­ment in the spot-fix­ing and bet­ting scan­dal.

They were ar­rested in 2013 along with scores of book­ies as part of a probe into al­le­ga­tions that play­ers had un­der­per­formed in re­turn for cash from book­mak­ers.

Crim­i­nal charges were later dropped but the play­ers were banned for breach­ing the BCCI’s code of con­duct.

The Hindustan Times re­ported yes­ter­day one of the ar­rested men had al­legedly dis­closed the names of two Gu­jarat Lions play­ers and said he had been in touch with them.

Press Trust of In­dia news agency re­ported that one sus­pect was part of the IPL lo­gis­tics team and had shared pitch in­for­ma­tion with the other two.

Four mo­bile phones, a lap­top and 490,000 ru­pees (RM34,300) were re­cov­ered from the three men, PTI quoted po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Gau­rav Grover as say­ing.

Delhi Dare­dev­ils won the match by two wick­ets on Wed­nes­day, sur­pass­ing Lions’ 195-5 in the first game held at Kan­pur’s Green sta­dium this sea­son.

The two sides have al­ready been knocked out of con­tention for the IPL play­offs. AFP

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Kings XI Pun­jab’s Glenn Maxwell in ac­tion in the In­dian Premier League match against Mum­bai In­di­ans on Thurs­day.

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