Daily Dispatch

IPL caught in match-fixing sting


The channel showed footage of a player bowling a big no-ball in a limited-overs match and played a recording of a phone conversati­on that it said was of a current IPL player negotiatin­g a fee for bowling a no-ball

It also had at least three players on camera allegedly seeking more lucrative deals – including extra money that would have violated their IPL contracts – with another league team through an undercover reporter posing as a sports agent

“If there is any truth in it … it is a fact that we will take strictest action,” said Indian board president N Srinivasan.

“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 [IPL chief operating officer] Sundar Raman to request the tape.

“We will not tolerate any wrongdoing. At the same time we have to be certain as to what happened,” Srinivasan told Times Now channel.

Srinivasan also said he believed the IPL was clean but that action would be taken should evidence of corruption emerge.

“We have got the [ICC’S] anti-corruption unit covering it. They are in charge of the security.”

Last Saturday the Indian board said it had plans to establish its own unit to guard against corruption in cricket.

The secretary of the Indian board, Sanjay Jagdale, said the BCCI would not tolerate any violation of regulation­s or corruption.

“The complete footage of the ‘sting ope will be sought and examined thoroughly. The governing council will meet on an emergent basis to review the footage and take appropriat­e strict action,” he said.

Last year, Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in Britain for their role in a spotfixing scandal relating to a test match against England at Lord’s in August 2010.

The spot-fixing scam, which shook the cricketing world, came to light after a British newspaper recorded sports agent Mazhar Majeed boasting of how he could arrange for players to rig games for money.

The Internatio­nal Cricket Council subsequent­ly banned the three players for a minimum of five years.

Former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje was banned for life following his match-fixing with former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Cronje died in an air crash in 2002. Azharuddin is now an MP. — SAPA-AFP and Sport Staff

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