New Delhi:Sreesanth spot fixing allegations in IPL seems to have been proved right as the cricketer while talking to a Malyalee television channel said that “It was my mistake”. Sreesanth said this outside a court where he was taken. The cricketer was not allowed to speak further as he was taken away by police personnel. The cricketer was hiding his face in a black cloth around his face.
The latest spot fixing scandal has hit hard not just IPL but the cricket as a whole. Sreesanth with his two fellow cricketers from Rajasthan Royals team was arrested yesterday and he has been remanded to five days in police custody. There were shock reactions from many people with a large number of Sreesanth refusing that the actor could ever do it while others condemning him and accusing him to bring a bad name to Indian and the cricket in the country as a whole. Initially Rajasthan Royals team managementâ€™s reaction was of disbelief. For anyone it is difficult to believe police version at its face. But as things turned out and police gave reams of proof against the three players, they suspended the players including Sreesanth. BCCI also suspended the players with immediate effect.
In the meantime, the body that manages cricket across the world, International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday said it would provide all assistance to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the IPL spot-fixing case that has seen the arrest of three cricketers, including India fast bowler S. Sreesanth. “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,” said ICC Chief Executive David Richardson. “The ICC and its Members have collectively taken measures to tighten vigilance, strengthen our anti-corruption codes and increase player education programmes as well as offering strict penalties to those found guilty of illegal conduct.
It went to further says that “As such, it is disappointing to see that despite the extensive education programmes delivered by the ICC and the BCCI, there still appears to be some players who remain vulnerable to temptations. We have always maintained that the real battle is against the unscrupulous individuals who are preying on the susceptible players,” he added Y.P.Singh, head of ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), said: “Over the last 12 months or so, we have seen far more examples of players doing the right thing and reporting approaches. This is extremely encouraging and allows us to have the confidence to believe that the vast majority of players are playing the game in the right. “This incident emphasises the threats all players face and need for the anti-corruption units of the ICC and its Members to work even closer with the various law enforcement agencies around the world who have the necessary investigatory authority and resources. We welcome the police’s involvement to root out these corrupters.”
Earlier Sree’s father had accused Indian captain MS Dhoni and cricketer Harbhajan Singh to have plotted against Sreesanth. But later he apoligized to the two player. Sreesanth along with his two other Rajasthan Royals team mates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested late Wednesday night in Mumbai by the Delhi Police special cell for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing. They have been sent to five day police custody along with 11 bookies, who also have been arrested by Delhi Police from Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. It will still take a long time to clear things in this murky saga.