IPL spot fixing 2013: Sreesanth, Ankeet, Ajit of Rajasthan Royals arrested

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    Three Rajasthan Royals players Sreesanth, Ankeet and Ajit have been arrested for spot fixing of IPL 2013. Delhi Police says that it has also recovered cash and other proof of transactions. Besides the three players seven bookies were also arrested

    In a dramatic development three Rajasthan Royals players including former Indian fast bowler Sreesanth have been taken into custody by Delhi Police Special cell on spot fixing allegations. In spot fixing the whole match is not fixed, but only part of the matches and this is such a serious issue that Pakistan’s leading bowler Aamir Khan has been barred from playing not just for Pakistan, but in any cricket match on any level. He had to spend several months in an English prison.

    So notwithstanding the fact that spot fixers don’t really fix the whole match but they fix the spot and throw no balls, wide, hit sixes or fours or get out on a certain ball. These balls are pre-decided by bookies. This means that the whole control of the game as far as these players are concerned is in the hands of bookies and not the captains as it should be and when bowling they bowl as per directed by bookies and not by captains.

    In the meantime while their team Rajasthan Royals that looked absolutely shocked didn’t name the players, Delhi Police sources confirmed that Sreesanth was one of the three. “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,” said Rajasthan Royals in a statement. “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 game,” the statement added.

    Reports suggest that the police had enough proof against the trio besides bookies. Besides Sreesanth, the other two layers who have been netted by Delhi Police in spot fixing are Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila. Investigations into the allegations reveal that many matches played in Mumbai and Mohali, in Punjab were fixed by bookies and the players. Delhi Police Special Cell officials who have been handling and investigating into the match fixing say they have recovered substantial amount of money. Besides they also possess proof of transaction between players and bookies. Rajasthan Royals Team in a statement said they have been shocked by the development and they are in touch with BCCI on the issue.