Indian Premier League (IPL) team and announced plans for a major cleanup of the sport after an illegal betting and spot-fixing scandal. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) held an emergency meeting in New Delhi into the Rajasthan Royals IPL franchise and its co-owner Raj Kundra amid the ongoing scandal. “Mr Raj Kundra has been suspended, pending an inquiry, from all cricketing activities,” BCCI interim head Jagmohan Dalmiya told reporters after the meeting.
Sreesanth, along with his teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, were arrested last month over allegations they deliberately bowled badly in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars during IPL matches. Police say the trio was acting under orders from international crime syndicates to give away a specific number of runs in certain overs after striking deals with bookmakers. The players have denied wrongdoing.
Kundra, the businessman husband of Bollywood actress and former contestant on UK show “Celebrity Big Brother” Shilpa Shetty, has admitted illegally betting on his own team, according to police. Three Royals players, including Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, and numerous bookmakers have been arrested over allegations of spot-fixing during the recently-completed edition of the IPL.
If any franchise group or owner acts in a way, which has a ‘material adverse effect’ on the reputation of the BCCI or the league, then their agreement will be terminated. The Rajasthan Royals, who won the inaugural IPL edition in 2008 under Australian spin legend Shane Warne, have previously been thrown out of the IPL because of ownership problems.