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Chief Of India’s Cricket Board Faces Beamers, Bouncers Over Spot Fixing In IPL

posted 19 May 2013, 05:57 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 19 May 2013, 05:58 ]

While members of the working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in Indiapats itself on the back for its decision on an anti corruption unit as an integral part of every Indian Premier League franchise, the country's main opposition BJP lashes out at the BCCI chief for not being accountable.

CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU (MAY 19, 2013)  (ANI) -  The Working Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hailed its decision to set up an anti-corruption unit as an integral part of everyIndian Premier League (IPL) franchise.

Chairman of the IPL disclosed this after the members of the Working Committeemet at Chennai in southern India on Sunday (May 19).

The working committee meeting charted the further course of action in the wake of the recent spot fixing in certain matches of IPL and the arrest of three players representing the Rajasthan Royals.

Reportedly, in his address, President of BCCI, N. Srinivasan said that they were waiting for the police to probe the charges of spot fixing on three accused cricketers and only then would they announce any punishment.

No sooner than the three cricketers were detained by the police, the BCCI had suspended Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals team mates Ankeet Chavan andAjit Chandila promising that stricter punishments would be meted out them, once they are found guilty.

Briefing the mediapersons, IPL Chairman, Rajiv Shukla said that the Board has decided to probe the matter thoroughly and would ensure that the guilty are behind bars.

"In the Working Committee meeting of the BCCI, it was decided that strict action would be taken on all those who indulge in betting and match fixing. The accused players are already suspended. And Ravi Sawani (anti corruption chief) who is probing the case will submit his report as soon as possible. And once the report is available then after discussing the details, appropriate punishment would be awarded to the players," said Shukla in Chennai on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in contrast to the BCCI's contention, India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lashed at the conduct of proceedings by the cricket board as well as its chief in this cricket scam.

Voicing the BJP's views, federal lawmaker and spokesperson of BJP, Prakash Javadekar posed a question as to who was accountable for this scam on the oval greens.

He was interacting with the mediapersons at Pune in western state of Maharashtra.

"He (BCCI President N Srinivasan) is blaming everybody else but himself. There is no fault of BCCI mechanism. BCCI is the body which organises this tournament and there is no responsibility? BCCI President says that we are a private organisation. If you are private organisation then how your team becomes the national team? Then it will be a private team. You are like any other franchise," said Prakash Javadekar.

However, the former BCCI Secretary Jayant Lele, who resides at Vadodara in western state of Gujarat, praised the BCCI's decision of appointing an anti-corruption unit with each participating team in the IPL.

"The decision that the board has taken is correct. The anti-corruption unit should be part of every team. And the anti-corruption unit along with the team mangers and owners should educate the players about the ill effects of betting. If not 100 percent, this would at least have an effect around 80 to 90 percent and the players would be more educated than what they are today," said Lele in Vadodara.

Paceman Sreesanth, 30, has a chequered past littered with on-field antics that frequently landed him in trouble since his 2006 test debut at home against England.

The combative right-arm speedster has played 27 Tests and 53 one-day internationals (ODI) but injuries and disciplinary issues have kept him out of the side since late 2011.

Last year, the Indian cricket board banned one uncapped cricketer for life and handed out lesser punishments to four others following similar allegations of corruption in domestic cricket.

Legal gambling in India is confined to horseracing while casinos are allowed only in a couple of states.

In such an atmosphere, illegal syndicates continue to thrive and Indian media estimates put the amount bet on 2009 IPL Twenty20 competition at $427 million.



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