IPL Spot-Fixing: IPL council Suspends Five Players

IPL Spot-Fixing: IPL and BCCI council Suspends Five Players for 15 days in series matches.The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended five players from the IPL who were caught on tape admitting to spot-fixing during a sting operation.

The sting operation which was conducted by India TV showed the five players representing IPL teams admitting to taking part in fixing. The sting operation alleged murky deals in the IPL and suggested that many players had confessed to under the table transactions. The sting operation also alleged involvement of Indian cricket stars, international players and even team owners. The TV channel reports of match fixing as well.IPL Spot-Fixing: IPL council Suspends Five Players

The channel claimed that an IPL player confessed that he was getting Rs.1.45 crore from its owner whereas he was in the Rs 30 lakh slab. It named an IPL player, claiming he had bowled a no-ball in last year’s first class match on the insistence of the channel’s reporter. He had also assured to change his team in future if he was paid Rs.60 lakh, the channel said.

Another player demanded Rs 10 lakh for bowling a no-ball in an IPL match, it said.The channel said a pattern has emerged where a particular bowler pitches easy deliveries and there are dropped catches.

“The above players would not be entitled to participate in any cricket match played under the aegis of the BCCI while under suspension,” N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, said in a statement.

Shukla said Ravi Sawani, the former head of the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU), will conduct the inquiry. “The conversation [in the sting] is about other matches also, which are not IPL, or in previous IPLs,” Shukla said after the meeting on Tuesday. “After due consideration, the BCCI president has decided to have an inquiry for which a commissioner has been appointed, Mr Ravi Sawani. He will be conducting the preliminary inquiry. His report will be sent to the disciplinary committee.”

Srivastava, one of the players accused by the sting, said he was not guilty. “I fail to understand whatever is being said about spot-fixing. Also if they [a TV channel) are showing all the video clips, why aren’t they showing the clip where I allegedly am demanding Rs. 10 lakh?” he told NDTV. “The voice in that telephonic conversation is not mine. It is very easy to frame anyone with a doctored audio clip.”

The IPL’s governing council on Tuesday decided to suspend five players named in the TV sting for 15 days. The governing council also asked Ravi Sawani, the head of the BCCI’s new anti-corruption unit, to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within 15 days.

The strong action to suspend Mohnish Mishra, Shalabh Srivastava, TP Sudhindra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali was taken after a lengthy tele-conference of top BCCI officials and members of the IPL’s Governing Council.

“The IPL Governing Council met on teleconference today at 2:30 pm and they recommended to the BCCI president for strict action against those players who were found guilty and found suspicious on the television footage shown on India TV,” IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla told reporters.

“Since it also involved matter relating to other matches and previous IPL, it was referred to the president. The president after due consideration has decided to have a preliminary inquiry for which a commissioner has been appointed. Mr Ravi Sawani who was the ICC ACSU chief and now advisor will conduct the inquiry and he will submit a report to the disciplinary committee,” he said.

India TV, a television 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 other league franchises through an undercover reporter posing as a sports agent.

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IPL governing council has suspended five players named by a sting operation alleging corruption until an inquiry into the accusations is conducted. TP Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali were suspended, according to IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla.

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