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Updated: May 15, 2012 15:02 IST

Fixing claims disturbing, guilty will be punished: BCCI

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Prof Ratnakar Shetty said that BCCI president N. Srinivasan (in pic) has asked the television channel for the CD to see the “complete footage”. File photo
The Hindu Prof Ratnakar Shetty said that BCCI president N. Srinivasan (in pic) has asked the television channel for the CD to see the “complete footage”. File photo

The BCCI on Tuesday termed the alleged spot—fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League and other domestic competitions as 'disturbing', and said it would take strict action against those found guilty of indulging in corrupt practices.

“The footage that was shown by the television channel was very disturbing,” BCCI chief admisnistrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said.

“There has been immediate action proposed by the BCCI president, and strong action will be taken against those found guilty,” he added.

The channel, India TV, claimed it had done a sting operation in which many IPL players confessed on hidden camera that they get much more than their prescribed auction.

According to the channel, its operation also revealed that spot—fixing is not only prevalent in IPL, but also that first class matches are fixed and women played an important role in match—fixing.

“We will not tolerate any such thing. BCCI has zero tolerance when it comes to corruption and dope related issues.

The footage was very disturbing for the BCCI,” said Shetty.

Shetty also said that BCCI president N Srinivasan has asked the television channel for the CD to see the 'complete footage' of the ‘sting operation’, in order to examine it thoroughly.

“The Board has written a letter to the channel and has asked for the CD, and access to whatever was displayed.

The BCCI will fully inquire into the issue,” he insisted.

Meanwhile, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla also said that strict action will be taken against players involved in any act of corruption.

“We have the meeting of the governing council at 14.30 today (Tuesday). We will not tolerate any such activities and whatever report we receive, we will take very strict action based on it. In the past also, BCCI has not spared anyone,” Shukla said.

Asked if the ICC’s anti—corruption has sought a report from the BCCI on this issue, Shukla said, “This is a domestic tournament, so the ICC doesn’t ask for a report on this. But we have asked ICC’s Anti—Corruption Unit to look into the matter.”

Kings XI Punjab player Shalabh Srivastava, Mohnish Mishra of Pune Warriors, T P Sudhindra of Deccan Chargers and Amit Yadav of Kings XI Punjab were the players who were shown in the sting operation.

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We Indians worry so much about "honesty' and live with the fear of what others thinks when you do a mistake. Just because of one or two guys are bad you can't criticize all the Indian cricketers. This small percentage of crooks existing every part of the world. Just enjoy every IPL game like any bollywood movie and get back to work. The people who worry so much about this incident, show your honesty and discipline in your office job, that is just enough to help a common man who are suffering to get even a small job done in a government office.

from:  Kenche
Posted on: May 16, 2012 at 11:20 IST

This is not a sport. from the beginning the moment the corporates started bidding for the players it has taken a turn from bad to worse. Sooner the IPL is abolished better for the nation because of these illegal activities coupled with illegal baiting. This is nothing but prostitutiion of cricket. Publication of news about this cricket speaks ill of the news papers and Television

from:  ram
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 18:01 IST

Only the most naive individual cum cricket enthusiast will believe that the IPL is fair & free of corruption. Charges have openly aired & traded between the two factions of the IPL (Lalit Modi vs everyoneelse including Mr Srinivasan) & the Board had to sack Mr Modi immediately after the final of IPL3 or is it IPL4?!? I don't know whether there is a linear relationship between the commercial success of IPL's & the utter disaster of Team India throughout last year (after the World Cup Win). 8 test matches thrashed in a row in England & Australia & the ODI's also totally washed out - if someone wants to believe that the lure of the big dollars of IPL does not shift the Team India's focus from retaining the No. 1 spot in Tests & ODI's to making more & more Moolah, he is most welcome. The sooner BCCI takes very very tough measures, the better it will be for Indian Cricket.

from:  R RAJAGOPAL
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 15:27 IST
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