The enquiry report of the television sting operation conducted during IPL 5 has been received by the BCCI and it will be referred to the Board’s disciplinary panel, IPL chief Rajiv Shukla said in Mumbai on Tuesday.
“Ravi Sawani, the enquiry commissioner, has submitted his report on TV sting operation to the BCCI president (N. Srinivasan). As per the procedure, that report is being referred to the disciplinary committee of the BCCI. It will consider the recommendations of Ravi Sawani,” Mr. Shukla said after the IPL’s governing council meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Five cricketers were alleged to have been caught indulging in corrupt practices by a television channel which conducted a sting operation during this year’s IPL. The BCCI, while suspending the players, had also asked its anti-corruption unit chief Mr. Sawani to conduct a probe in the matter. Mr. Sawani completed the probe and submitted his report to Mr. Srinivasan.
“Now that the President has received the report, he will be referring it to the disciplinary committee,” he added.
The three-member disciplinary panel comprises Mr. Srinivasan and two BCCI vice-presidents Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah.
Meanwhile, Mr. Shukla was upbeat about the “huge success of IPL 5” that ended on May 27 with Kolkata Knight Riders becoming champions after defeating last year’s winners Chennai Super Kings. He claimed that IPL 5 was viewed by more people than last year’s ICC Cricket World Cup.
“IPL 5 was a huge success. The figures we have got say that nearly 2.55 billion viewers have seen IPL 5. It’s more than those who watched ICC World Cup. This figure is very near to world’s top one or two tournaments which include the FIFA World Cup. I am talking only about the Indian viewership. There was also a jump of 55 per cent in internet viewership,” he said.