BCCI to investigate spot-fixing allegations
By Community | May 15, 2012
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked for footage from a television station that claims spot-fixing is taking place in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
India TV, a national news channel, claims to have caught several players confessing to spot-fixing in a ‘sting operation’, using a hidden camera.
The channel said first-class domestic matches are also being fixed.
The BCCI has said it will review the tapes and decide what further action to take.
BCCI president, N Srinivasan, said: “We will ensure that the integrity of the game is protected. BCCI believes in the integrity of the game.
“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 [chief operating officer of the IPL] Sundar Raman to request for the tape.”
Srinivasan is keen to point out that the IPL has mechanisms in place to police spot fixing
“IPL, we believe, is clean,” he said. “We have got the anti-corruption unit covering it. They are in charge of the security. We have got Ravi Swami, who was heading BCCI’s anti-corruption unit, to take it up for us. People can make allegations. But if there is any shred of evidence, we will take action.”
BCCI secretary, Sanjay Jagdale, said, in an official statement: “The BCCI will not tolerate any violation of regulations and any act of corruption. The complete footage of the ‘sting operation’ will be sought and examined thoroughly. The GC will meet on an emergent basis to review the footage and take appropriate strict action.”