IPL cor­rup­tion-free, says chair­man

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In­dian Pre­mier League (IPL) chair­man Rajeev Shukla told AFP that this year's edi­tion of the cash-rich ex­trav­a­ganza had been free of cor­rup­tion thanks to a multi-pronged ap­proach to tack­ling fix­ing. In an in­ter­view, Shukla said or­gan­is­ers en­gaged the anti­graft unit of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC), lo­cal po­lice and the ex­per­tise of a for­mer top cop.

The IPL is the most pop­u­lar do­mes­tic league in the world but has been plagued by con­tro­ver­sies since its in­cep­tion in 2008, with cor­rup­tion and match-fix­ing cases of­ten tak­ing centre-stage.

A spot-fix­ing scan­dal in 2013 led to two teams - Chennai Su­per Kings and Rajasthan Roy­als - be­ing sus- pended last year for two sea­sons. Shukla said an ag­gres­sive ap­proach to tackle fix­ing meant there had been no signs of cor­rup­tion at the ninth edi­tion of the IPL, which fea­tured 60 matches in 57 days across 11 venues. "All pre­cau­tions were taken in or­der to curb cor­rup­tion and we have been suc­cess­ful in that," Shukla told AFP in Ban­ga­lore, before Sun­ris­ers Hyderabad's eightrun vic­tory over Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore. "We en­gaged the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil's anti-cor­rup­tion unit. We also re­lied on the ex­per­tise of our board's an­ti­cor­rup­tion unit led by Mr. Neeraj Ku­mar. "We also spoke to Mum­bai po­lice and said that if we need any as­sis­tance, they should be ready for it," Shukla added. In ear­lier edi­tions the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI), which runs the IPL, has not al­ways upon the ICC's Cor­rup­tion Unit.

Ku­mar is a for­mer com­mis­sioner of Delhi po­lice and an ex-joint di­rec­tor of In­dia's lead­ing in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency, the Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion. He in­ves­ti­gated cricket's big­gest match-fix­ing scan­dal, in­volv­ing for­mer South Africa cap­tain Han­sie Cronje back in 2000 and the 2013 IPL scan­dal in­volv­ing Shan­thaku­maran Sreesanth.

Sreesanth, a Rajasthan Roy­als bowler, was banned for life along with team-mates Ankit Cha­van and Ajit Chandila for their in­volve­ment in the spot-fix­ing and bet­ting scan­dal. They were ar­rested in 2013 along with scores of book­ies as part of the probe into al­le­ga­tions that play­ers had un­der­per­formed in re­turn for cash from book­mak­ers. called Anti-

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