Five Indian players suspended on corruption allegations

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Five uncapped Indian cricketers have been provisionally suspended following allegations of corruption in the lucrative Indian Premier League, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said yesterday.

The Indian cricket board has also ordered a probe into the accusations, made by a local television channel.
“The president BCCI has immediately appointed Ravi Sawani (former head of ICC anti-corruption and security Unit) as the commissioner to make a preliminary enquiry,” the BCCI said in a statement.

The five cricketers – TP Sudhindra (Deccan), Mohnish Mishra (Pune), Amit Yadav (Punjab), Shalabh Srivastav (Punjab) and Abhinav Bali – will remain suspended from all cricketing activities pending the investigation, the BCCI said.
Out of the five cricketers, Bali has not played in any of IPL’s five editions.

Footage from India TV appeared to show an IPL player negotiating a fee for bowling a no-ball, while another said he received under-the-table payments above his contracted fee.

Each of the nine franchises has a salary cap and the player in question has not been capped by the national team, meaning he cannot be paid more than 3 million Indian rupees ($55,700) according to IPL rules.

The BCCI had sought complete footage of the ‘sting operation’ from the channel and later had a teleconference with the IPL governing council this afternoon where the decisions were taken.

Last year, Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in Britain for their role in a spot-fixing scandal relating to a test match against England at Lord’s in August 2010.

The spot-fixing scam, which shook the cricketing world, came to light after a British newspaper recorded sports agent Mazhar Majeed boasting of how he could arrange for players to rig elements of matches for money.

The International Cricket Council subsequently banned the three players for a minimum of five years.
A series of scandals has tarnished the image of the cash-rich IPL, which boasts a host of celebrity owners including India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, spirits and airline magnate Vijay Mallya and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.
($1 = 53.8450 Indian rupees)

More in Sports

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. A police officer attempts to escort Rushelle Gittens out of the court compound

    Woman threatens to kill cop at city court complex

  2. Colin Rodney

    Cop charged with taking bribes

  3. Marisha Bowen

    Bahamian man charged with killing Guyanese teacher

  4. Citizens fleeing country due to crime, IAC says

  5. Courtenay Griffith’s home in Lodge that is earmarked to be demolished.

    City to tear down 52 derelict buildings

  6. Tricia Loo

    East Canje woman jailed over cocaine in suitcases

  7. 15-year-old charged with murdering suspect in sister’s abuse

  8. Lakeram Kewlachand

    Gangaram man takes his own life

  9. Jean Rodrigues

    Woman shot in crossfire between cop, fleeing bandit


Recommended For You