The BCCI on Wednesday began the probe into the spot—fixing scandal that has rocked the cash—rich IPL with one of the suspended domestic players Shalabh Srivastava deposing before the Inquiry Commission.
Barely a day after the BCCI cracked the whip by suspending five tainted players in the wake of the television sting operation which claimed to expose corruption in IPL, Ravi Sawani, who is heading the inquiry commission, met Srivastava to hear his side of the story on the sting operation.
The meeting, which took place at a five—star hotel, is learnt to have lasted for an hour.
There was, however, no official word from the BCCI on the development.
Sawani, a former chief of the ICC’s Anti—Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), has been asked to submit his report to the BCCI’s Discplinary Committee within 15 days. Sawani is now the chief of the BCCI’s Anti—Corruption unit.
Apart from Srivastava, the BCCI had yesterday suspended Mohnish Mishra, T P Sudhindra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali with immediate effect pending inquiry. The decision was taken after a lengthy tele—conference of top BCCI officials and members of the IPL’s Governing Council.
The Cricket Board had swung into action a day after the expose as the issue rocked Parliament and former players and cricket administrators called for strong action to rid the game of even a whiff of a scandal.
Sawani will meet the other four suspended players in the coming days before finalising his report, a top BCCI source said.
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