IPL spot-fixing row: Sting operation by India TV

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IPL spot-fixing row: Sting operation by India TVMay 15 New Delhi: Indian cricket is again haunted by the match-fixing allegations when India TV aired a sting operation alleging illegal activity in the IPL. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) worried about the new allegations and said that those involved will not remain unpunished if proven guilty.

In the sting operation by TV news channel has caught a few domestic cricketers claiming that IPL franchises pay them more money than they are entitled to as per the BCCI rules, to retain or lure them from other teams. Shalabh Srivastava, a medium pacer from Uttar Pradesh who is contracted with Kings XI Punjab, is shown alleging that most teams pay players the extra money in black. The operation also claimed Srivastava had also agreed to spot-fixing, but this part is only on audio, and is a bit vague. Srivastava was sent home by Kings XI before the start of IPL V, but is still contracted with the team.

“There is no truth in what they are showing about me. It was just friendly talk. They offered me a contract and I asked them to come to Lucknow, but they never came for this,” said Srivastava, denying any wrongdoing.

The 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.”

The India TV reported that many Indian and international players playing in the ongoing IPL were involved in match-fixing. It added that a few team owners were also involved in influencing the outcome of the matches. Some players in the sting operation, one of whom was alleged to be Kings XI Punjab player Shalabh Srivastav, also disclosed that they have tried to negotiate a bigger financial contract with some of the other IPL franchises, a serious non-adherence to the IPL player guidelines. The sting also conveyed that once the deal is finalised the players are paid under the table, and that match-fixing was not only prevalent in the IPL but also in first-class matches with beautiful women playing a key role.

The channel claimed that batsman of Pune Warriors, is shown on camera claiming his team are paying him Rs. 1.45 crore, as much as Rs. 1.2 crore more than his entitled fee as an uncapped player. He gives the undercover reporters the go-ahead to get in touch with other franchisees to get him a bigger contract. A player can’t get in touch with other teams.

Later he told HT that the person met him as an agent. “I also signed a contract with him which says he will arrange a sponsorship of Rs. 2 lakh per month for me. I bluffed to him saying I’m getting Rs. 1.45 crore from Pune Warriors so that I could get Rs. 2 crore from a future franchise for the next edition. The agent even promised me of getting Rs. 2 crore contract from MI,” the player said.

Pune Warriors dismissed the allegations. “It’s absolutely untrue and trash,” Pune Warriors director Abhijit Sarkar said.

The sting operation alleges murky deals in the IPL and suggests that many players have confessed to under the table transactions. The sting operation also alleges involvement of Indian cricket stars, international players and even team owners. The TV channel reports of match fixing as well.

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