Indian Premier League in a fix

CricLens Staff Report
May 27, 2013

Spot fixing allegations, players and official arrests, investigations by Mumbai and Delhi police rocked India’s cricket and their Twenty20 Premier League in the last couple of weeks. We take look at how the events unfolded.

May 16

Players and Bookies arrested: Three India Premier League players – Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, all of Rajhastan Royals – were arrested by Delhi police for alleged spot fixing in IPL-6. Along with the players, eleven bookies were also arrested, one of whom, named Jiju Janardhan, is a close friend of Sreesanth.

The arrested bookies are being taken to court (Photo: AFP)

The players allegedly had a deal with bookies, as per which they were to conceded specific amount of runs in a specific over by signalling the call for spot fixing in different way. Sreesanth’s indication to bookies was he would bowl the over with a towel tucked inside his trousers. Three matches where the spot fixing was done are said to be Royals vs Pune Warriors on May 5, Royals vs Kings XI Punjab on May 9, Royals vs Mumbai Indians on May 15, a day before the players were arrested. As the reports go, players were assured to receive money between 36,000 and 110,000 US Dollars for an over.

BCCI suspends players: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended all the three players pending further investigations. BCCI Chief N Srinivasan announced to take action against the players. International Cricket Council (ICC) also announced to lend its full support to BCCI and Delhi police during the investigation.

Bookie a former player: One of the bookies, Amit Singh, arrested turned out to be an IPL player who played for Rajhastan Royals in the previous edition in 2012. He also played couple of matches for Gujarat in Ranjhi Trophy 2012-13.

May 17

- Sreesanth’s lawyer Deepak Prakash said his client was innocent and did not indulge in spot fixing. Meanwhile, Rajhastan Royals pulled out the ads featuring Sreesanth.

May 18

- BCCI Chief N Srinivasan defended the integrity of IPL and criticized the players, calling them ‘dirty cricketers.’ He also said no punishment would be too little for them. On the other hand, Mumbai Police took Sreesanth’s belongings (such as laptop, iPad, cell phones etc) into their custody.

May 20

- Rajhastan Royals suspend the contracts of the three players, Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan, reported to be involved in spot fixing.

May 21

- I am innocent and have never indulged in spot fixng: says Sreesanth through his lawyer.

- On the other hand, Mumbai Police arrests Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh for his links with Indian bookies.

May 23

- The whole spot fixing controversy takes new turn after Mumbai Police summons a Chennai Super King official and Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan to crime branch. Meiyappan is also is son-in-law of N Srinivasan, the BCCI Chief and Managing Director of India Cements (the company which owns Chennai Super Kings). Meiyappan was issued summons to appear before crime branch after Mumbai Police interrogated Vindoo Dara Singh.

Asad in trouble: ICC withdraws Asad Rauf from featuring in the coming Champions Trophy. “In the wake of reports that the Mumbai Police are conducting an investigation into Asad Rauf’s activities, we feel that it is in Asad’s best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy,” said David Richardson, the Chief Executive of the ICC.

May 24

The denial: Despite the facts that Gurunath Meiyappan had IPL Gold Card, access to CSK dugout, was seen at auction table of CSK and mentioned himself as ‘team principal” on his verified twitter account, India Cements (the company which owns Chennai Super Kings) released a statement saying Gurunath Meiyappan is neither team owner nor its CEO.

The serious blow: Gurunath Meiyappan gets arrested by Mumbai Police on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud.

The arrest of BCCI President’s son-in-law and CSK official Gurunath Meiyappan came as a more threatening news for BCCI than the news of players being involved spot fixing (Photo: AFP)

May 25

- BCCI president N Srinivasan says that the board will treat the case against his son-in-law and top Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan, arrested on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud, “objectively and fairly.” [ESPNCricinfo]

- Asad Rauf returns to Pakistan

May 26

- BCCI suspends Gurunath Meiyappan from any activity related to Cricket and Chennai Super Kings. BCCI President N Srinivasan assures there will be a fair investigation by a three-member commission to see charges against Meiyappan. Srinivasan also says that Meiyappan had no role at Chennai Super Kings, he was just enthusiastic.

Request for bail: Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan, who is scheduled to get married on June 2, apply for bail.

Bindra steps in: Inderjit Singh Bindra, the former president of BCCI, calls for the ouster of N Srinivasan as the Board chief, calling him arrogant. “I have been keeping quiet on this issue but his statement that he will not step down shows that he is as arrogant as ever,” Bindra told Press Trust of India.

May 28

- Ankeet Chavan, one of the tainted cricketers, seeks bail to have his marriage as planned on June 2.

- ICC allows Pakistan Umpire Asad Rauf to have press conference on Wednesday. He will speak to media at 3.00pm PST on May 29 at a wedding lawn in Shadman, Lahore.

May 29

Asad talks: Pakistan Umpire Asad Rauf talked to media in Lahore and denied having any involvement in spot fixing in the IPL. He also said that ICC made right decision to remove him from ICC Champions Trophy’s Umpire panel as the ongoing situation could have distracted him. He mentioned that ICC made the decision his consent.

- BCCI Chief N Srinivasan found him in more hot water after IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla raised concern. Shukla said that Srinivasan should stay away until the investigations against his son-in-law are completed.

May 30

- Ankeet Chavan is granted conditional bail by Delhi Court until June 6. He is granted bail on the grounds that he is scheduled to get married on June 2.

- India captain MS Dhoni, speaking to media in Birmingham, where they are for Champions Trophy, says he will talk on spot fixing and the corruption when the time is right.

Last updated, May 30.

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