There is fast paced development following latest IPL 2013 match fixing allegations and the arrest of three players and seven bookies. BCCI has suspended Indian star player Sreesanth and two other cricketers who were the part of IPL team Rajasthan Royals. The three players were arrested in a late night raid conducted by Delhi Policeâ€™s Special Cell that was investigating the betting and match fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League season 2013.
The arrests have sent shockwaves across the cricket crazy nation that eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. To be true these days this seems to be more true than ever before as for the last more than a month we have been continuously seeing jam packed stadiums across the country by spectators who pay huge amount of money to be there despite very hot weather in much of the country. People are so much eager to watch IPL players that they pay huge amount of money, and go out despite very tough weather. Now they must be feeling cheated over the fact that the matches they thought were genuine were actually fixed.
In the meantime BCCI has taken very tough decision against the three players who were arrested by police in match fixing charges. In a swift follow-up action, the BCCI has ordered suspension of the three players till further inquiry. The details coming in from different sources suggest that speedster Sreesanth was arrested from his friend’s house, while other two Rajasthan Royals players Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested from a Mumbai hotel where the team was staying.
Mumbai Police officials suggest that the seven bookies who were arrested had links with bookies in other countries including Pakistan. Mumbai Police reportedly told a leading newspaper that the calls between India and Pakistan bookies were not disconnected till the end of the Wednesday night match with Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile the IPL franchisee Rajasthan Royals seems to have been taken by surprise by fast paced development in the case. â€œWe have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot-fixing. 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. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the gameâ€, said team officials.