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Indian Premier League Spot-Fixing Scandal Prompts BCCI To Appoint Anti-Corruption Chief
Published May 20, 2013
MORE TROUBLE: THE HINDU reported Sreesanth "could be in fresh trouble." He "could be made an accused in another case of spot-fixing" in the IPL currently being probed by the Mumbai police. Joint Commissioner Himanshu Roy on Saturday said that "the Mumbai police may seek to interrogate Sreesanth after investigating details from his laptop and diary." Roy said that the court had given the police permission to obtain a "mirror image" of the laptop and Sreesanth's mobile phone (THE HINDU, 5/19). THE HINDU also reported the Shiv Sena on Friday expressed dismay over spot-fixing allegations, saying cricket, since the advent of the IPL, no longer remained "a gentleman's game" and had instead become "a gambling den that was destroying a generation." A comment in an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Samaana said, "The game has no connect with patriotism any longer." It said that while the IPL might have brought fame and money to many, it had also "spurred a gambling and sex racket in the country" (THE HINDU, 5/18).
NEW FEARS: The AFP reported the arrest "has prompted new fears over the growing influence of betting mafias on the game in the subcontinent and despair about the 'cancer' of corruption." Police behind the arrests say the trio was acting under orders from crime syndicates whose bosses are based in the Gulf. Commentators meanwhile said that "administrators from across South Asia have to share some of the blame for the growing list of scandals after failing to ostracise players who have previously been fingered by investigators." Cricket Historian Boria Majumdar said, "The spot-fixing cancer has spread far and wide and there is no cure unless authorities take strict action against players" (AFP, 5/18). ... The Indian BUSINESS STANDARD's Narasimhan & Babu wrote the Rajasthan Royals are to take legal action against the three players, "who were caught by the Police for alleged spot-fixing." Meanwhile, the BCCI "has decided to make rules more stringent and to conduct an internal inquiry on the alleged spot-fixing" (BUSINESS STANDARD, 5/19). The PTI reported Delhi police have asked hotels in Mumbai, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Hyderabad "to provide CCTV footage to scan meetings of the three arrested cricketers with bookies in connection with the IPL." Police "are also planning to seek permission for collecting voice samples of the players" -- Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan (PTI, 5/19).
SHOW WILL GO ON: The PTI also reported unfazed by the IPL spot-fixing scandal, the event's Chair Rajiv Shukla on Saturday insisted that the Twenty20 tournament will "go on," saying the only way to cleanse cricket is to "weed out corrupt elements" from the game. Shukla said that "all cricketers should not suffer because of the misdeeds of some greedy individuals." Shukla: "IPL will go on. To say that IPL should be shut down because of these things is wrong" (PTI, 5/18). In Melbourne, Chloe Saltau wrote Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist "has called for life bans if the cricketers embroiled in the Indian spot-fixing scandal are found guilty, declaring ignorance and naivete can no longer be used as an excuse." Gilchrist: "I must prefix this by saying if at all it is true, it is very, very sad. ... For my mind, any player found involved in any implications where they are proven that they have handled illegal bookmakers' bets or whatever, there is no place for them in the game whatsoever ever again" (THE AGE, 5/18).