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SBD Global/May 17, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Three Cricketers Arrested For Spot-Fixing Indian Premier League Games
Published May 17, 2013
AUSTRALIANS BENEFIT: In Sydney, Ben Doherty reported Australian cricketers Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, and Aaron Finch have found themselves -- unwittingly and innocently -- "involved in the periphery" of the IPL's spot-fixing scandal. They were the beneficiaries of the ''thrown'' overs from three Indian bowlers. On-field, the players "would signal to the bookies they were about to 'throw' the over with a pre-arranged signal." Bookies "would lay bets against the runs being scored" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 5/17). In Sydney, Malcolm Conn reported all five Australians who play for the Rajasthan Royals "will be questioned." No suspicion surrounds the Australians. Kumar "denied any Australians were involved." Kumar: "No, your countrymen can rest in peace" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 5/17).
MAKING A STATEMENT: The Rajasthan Royals said, "We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot-fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything. We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter" (London TELEGRAPH, 5/16). Int'l Cricket Council CEO David Richardson said, "The ICC will provide full support to the BCCI and Delhi Police in this investigation. The BCCI's decision to suspend its three cricketers on corruption charges is a clear indicator of the ICC and its Members' zero-tolerance approach" (ICC).
FACING LIFETIME BAN: The PTI reported BCCI President N. Srinivasan said that the "unpleasant news came like a bolt from the blue." Srinivasan said, "I am shocked. The sport is clean and we [BCCI] are running it clean, but one or two bad eggs here and there cannot sully the entire game. We will see whatever necessary is to be done" (PTI, 5/16). The PTI also reported former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said that the three cricketers accused of spot-fixing should be "banned" for life if found guilty. Ganguly said, "I am disappointed and angry at what has happened. If found guilty they should be banned for life" (PTI, 5/16). The PTI also reported it "could be curtains as far as S. Sreesanth’s cricket career is concerned." The BCCI is "set to impose a life-ban on the ‘maverick’ pacer from Kerala" for his alleged role in the spot-fixing scandal (PTI, 5/16).