The BCCI on Tuesday put the five allegedly spot-fixing suspect cricketers under suspension. The five domestic cricketers — Mohnish Mishra, T.P. Sudhindra, Amit Yadav, Abhinav Bali and Shalabh Srivastava were caught in a ‘sting' operation conducted by India TV.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Rajiv Shukla said, “We have recommended to the BCCI strongest possible action against those found guilty or suspicious in the video footage.”

The Board Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement, “An emergent meeting of the IPL Governing Council took place today. The Governing Council discussed the video footage shown (on India TV) since last evening of a ‘sting' operation in connection with the IPL.

“The members felt that the areas covered by the footage warranted immediate action by the BCCI President (N. Srinivasan) under the 'Memorandum and Rules and Regulations' of the BCCI against the players alleged to be involved.”

The former International Cricket Council anti-corruption and security unit chief Ravi Sawani, now contracted by the Board, will conduct the investigations.

The Board has asked him to submit a report within 15 days for the Disciplinary Committee to take necessary action if the players are found guilty. “Pending the inquiry the five players will remain suspended from cricket activities,” Shukla said.

Former Test cricketer and BJP member Kirti Azad raised the issue in Parliament and demanded a thorough probe. He stressed that he had repeatedly been raising issues concerning conduct of the IPL. Azad demanded an internal audit into the IPL which he called a commercial activity.

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken also called upon the Board to take strict action. “BCCI must go to the root of the problem and sort it out in the interest of cricket lovers in India,” he said.

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