The black clouds of Spot-fixing and underhand money dealings seem to be bounced back in the highest earning game, the DLF IPL Twenty20, the Indian Premier League. The report was unearthed by the India TV in a sting operation.
Under the sting operation conducted by the TV channel, showing five domestic level cricket players, playing under different IPL teams, are accepting the match fixing in the IPL matches.
They clearly said in sting that IPL captains and even team owners are involved in the spot-fixing; they told that the price of no-ball is on demand in the IPL.
Further, the cricketers also talked about deals in which IPL owners supposedly pay players sums “in black” quite more than the prescribed by the league.
In addition, the TV Channel also reveals the involving IPL cricketers shown talking about “spot-fixing and underhand payments to players from franchisees” drew a sharp reaction from the Indian cricket board (BCCI).
The BCCI President N Srinivasan, also the owner of an IPL team, gave his quick reply to this and said, “It would not tolerate any violations of regulation or any act of corruption and that the “complete footage” of the sting op would be sought.”
He said, “The (IPL) General Council will meet on an emergent basis to review the footage and take appropriate strict action.”
Reports have also said that BCCI has called an emergency meeting to have further talks on spot-fixing in IPL.
Meanwhile, the five players caught in the TV Sting includes Team Hyderabad [Deccan Chargers] pacer T Sudhindra, formerly of the rebel ICL, who is shown confessing to having bowled a no-ball in a domestic game at the TV channel’s resolve and show that spot-fixing is possible can be done to any level of Indian Cricket, including DLF IPL matches.
He said that Match-Fixing is common but the difference is the rates, that depends on the level of players. He further added that team owners are gifting cars and flats to players who are playing in IPL.
Kings XI Punjab [Team Punjab] bowler Shalabh Shrivastava is the another player who was caught in the IPL match fixing sting by TV channel. He said, “Franchisees, hampered by the Rs 30 lakh cap on domestic players, were paying some players an additional Rs 70 lakh in black money.”
The left-arm pacer from Kings XI Punjab also seen demanding Rs 10 alkh for one no-ball in the IPL matches and said that women were used to make the deals in the match fixing.
Shalabh Shrivastava said, ‘two or three’ out of 10 players were vulnerable and that “everyone got offers”.