Sreesanth has been suspended along with his team mates. -Photo by AP
Sreesanth has been suspended along with his team mates. -Photo by AP

NEW DELHI: Former India test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other players have been arrested by Delhi police on suspicion of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League, sports officials said on Thursday.

India's cricket board (BCCI) immediately suspended Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals team mates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and promised that stricter punishments would await if they are found guilty.

“All information required to bring the persons involved to book will be collected and strictest action will be taken, if found guilty,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.

“The BCCI has zero tolerance to corruption. We will offer all cooperation to the Delhi police and all other authorities in their investigations in this matter.”

Spot-fixing is the manipulation of individual incidents within a match which may not affect the outcome of the contest, most famously exposed in a London trial and jailing of three Pakistani cricketers in 2011.

Paceman Sreesanth, 30, has a chequered past littered with on-field antics that frequently landed him in trouble since his 2006 test debut at home against England.

The combative right-arm speedster has played 27 tests and 53 one-day internationals but injuries and disciplinary issues have kept him out of the side since late 2011.

Last year, the Indian cricket board banned one uncapped cricketer for life and handed out lesser punishments to four others following similar allegations of corruption in domestic cricket.

“The BCCI engages the services of the anti-corruption wing of the ICC to educate and monitor players and support staff in prevention of corruption of any form in the game,” Jagdale said.

“It is wholly unfortunate that despite such education, best playing conditions and terms of engagement offered, some players seem to be indulging in such activity.”

Legal gambling in India is confined to horse-racing while casinos are allowed only in a couple of states. In such an atmosphere, illegal syndicates continue to thrive and Indian media estimates put the amount bet on 2009 IPL Twenty20 competition at $427 million.

Sports Minister Jitendra Singh termed the players' arrest as “unfortunate” and has asked the cricket board to put in place a mechanism that would prevent such “unethical activities”.

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 International Cricket Council (ICC) subsequently banned the three players for a minimum of five years.

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Akhter Husain
May 16, 2013 10:35am

Love of wealth is the main principle of free economy system.It encourages greed in the name of incentive and creates fears of poverty.Wealth,we need to be a big-wig.The arrests were not for doing some thing wrong ethically but doing it without permission of the controllers.

Hasan Hasni
May 16, 2013 11:17am

World is still quote Butt, Asif and Amir with the above story. Why didn’t we give any punishments of destroying our country name to them.

Akil AKhtar
May 16, 2013 11:37am

Won't be as big a news worldwide as was the Pakistanis, you know why......What do the pious indians have to say now?

Anees
May 16, 2013 01:19pm

Time to see what the Indians say NOW. They have been relentlessly calling Pakistani cricketers as fixers. It has happened in IPL where no Pak players are playing.

prashanth
May 16, 2013 01:34pm

Unbelievable!!!

Devil
May 16, 2013 03:00pm

I knew it !! All this IPL drama is about fixed matches, I knew it from the beginning. And my belief got stronger when they denied the Pakistani players as they are the most genuine, honest and spotless lot. They must have thought that the honest Pakistani players might be whistle-blowers and they blocked them !!

PS : Pun intended !!

shabbzz
May 16, 2013 04:40pm

Thank God No Pakistanis in IPL, or else they would be accused in the first place. Now since there is no Pakistani playing in IPL they cannot point any finger to any Pakistani and they have to name an Indian into this. No other choice !!! There is one Azhar Mehmood of Pakistani Origin. I hope they do not drag him this match fixing controversy.

CHANDRAKANTH
May 16, 2013 05:20pm

It is so weird that Dawn, which did not publish any news about IPL recently, suddenly wakes up to publish the first bad news coming out of IPL.........is it mere coincidence?

a
May 16, 2013 06:51pm

Ban them for life, along with prison term. We need to set a strong example against corruption.

MIckey
May 16, 2013 07:46pm

Its interesting that Dawn will only cover negative news about IPL

hamidik
May 16, 2013 07:47pm

PAKISTANIS AND NOW INDIANS CRICKETERS - TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE ONE RIGHT.

Mike
May 16, 2013 09:18pm

Majority of bookies with deep connections are in India. This Indian evil is affecting the rest of the world and are the root cause of this corruption. ICC should investigate further and I am sure they are going to find more cases involving Indian players. These corrupt Indian bookies (mafia) must be dealt with severely. Until that happens you are going to find more Indian players and the rest involved.

Zee
May 16, 2013 09:23pm

Dhoni, Yuvi, Ghambir and Rhayna are all corrupt. What can you do everyone around them is like that and they would dance your way for few bucks....

Ahmed
May 16, 2013 10:09pm

Confirms my long held belief that india IS the epicentre of sports corruption. The fact that india is the BIGGEST market of illegal betting bar none. Every single cricket corruption scandal that has been uncovered has an indian connection in some way or the other. Hansie Cronjie case, the bookie was indian. Salman Butt case, the client was indian (atleast the pretend client...he used an indian disguise so he would be taken seriously). And then after all this when the umpires scandal broke out. Atleast one umpire from every single cricket playing nation surrounding india was involved but not a single indian??? Really? When india is the illegal betting capital of the world how is it possible for no indian players or officials to be involved. I am pretty sure indian cricket corruption runs very very deep even to the world class and famous players but is being covered up massively by the BCCI. This poor chap prolly got cought coz he prolly pissed off someone influential.

inc
May 16, 2013 10:53pm

It is a good step by Indian Police to investigate these allegations I think if probed deeper more similar cases will emerge. IPL is a second name for gambling, just hidden behind a glitzy cover.

inc
May 16, 2013 10:53pm

It is a good step by Indian Police to investigate these allegations I think if probed deeper more similar cases will emerge. IPL is a second name for gambling, just hidden behind a glitzy cover.

Gazab ho gaya
May 16, 2013 11:06pm

Life time bans to them. Go on India set us an example.

Nasr
May 17, 2013 01:36am

I have always thought of Sreesanth to be one of the players who lacks moral character. Today my thoughts have come true.

Mandeep
May 17, 2013 03:08am

@Ahmed: The only people convicted in court of law for spot-fixing are three Pakistanis. Unlike India, no Pakistani player was ever caught by Pakistani authorities. I can understand your anger and frustration as India not letting your players play in IPL, and that is a good decision.

Ashok
May 17, 2013 03:58am

Indians and Pakistan has huge interest of movies and crickets. we spends 4 to 8 hours to watch this game. and love to know this kind of corruptions too.

The IPL may be a good income of some bookies or people or cricketers or related to this profession but definitely going to a wrong direction of cricket. Its glamor and money. Thank god Pakistan cricket team is not into IPL. Pakistan cricket has potential to improve real cricket than glamor cricket.

Keep posting this kind of news. Dawn doing good job as always. Keep aware of the negative side of IPL or cricket too.

Jai Hind...

Ashok

Raza
May 17, 2013 04:48am

@shabbzz: It is going to come to Pakistan . It has already reached Dubai. You have big asset sitting in Karachi that is from India.

poor_fella
May 17, 2013 04:52am

@Devil: good sarcasm :)

Raj
May 17, 2013 05:04am

@Akil AKhtar: First of all, as a person of Indian origin, I assure you Mr. Akhtar, that we are outraged at these allegations. If proven guilty, I hope that these three (as well as others that may be involved) are banned from any form of cricket for ever. Corruption is a disease that affects all human beings, not just Pakistanis. After all we are of the same crop! Having acknowledged that, I will point out a difference; That being that these Indian players were playing in India in an Indian domestic tournament and were investigated by Indians and arrested by Indian police. It should prove to some (perhaps not you) that while there are bad people in India doing bad things, the truth is that there are still some checks and balances within the country and that no one is higher than the law. Not even the mighty BCCI. Unlike what happens in Pakistan, where the offenders are let go or their sentences are reduced, even after ample proof of their involvement. In this case, no Indian cricket fan will cry foul or suggest conspiracy theories. We want the players found guilty and banned for life. Peace. Raj (no more and no less pious than you)

Hemant
May 17, 2013 05:49am

Let us also understand that a player's life is fickle. While he can make good money, there is no guarantee about a career when the pressures to perform are high and competition is tough. Hence some of them who come from modest families want to make quick money through illegitimate means before they lose the opportunity, and are trapped by the underworld. Compare this with officials, investers and others who sit over the finances and dstinies of the players. Irrespective of what happens they never lose money. This is something like racing. The poor horse runs for its life and meets an early end. The horse owner is the master and controls the racehorse and the jockey all his life.

arvi
May 17, 2013 06:25am

its sad to see the dawn nevery published any news of IPL till now . but this one they publisehd same moment..

Andy
May 17, 2013 06:38am

@shabbzz: Is it the same man who ditched his birth country and became British citizen just to play in the dirty IPL?

too bad
May 17, 2013 07:58am

@CHANDRAKANTH:

its the same with indian media. any negative news about pakistan in general is shown like wild fire. its the media war nothing more. in any case this is pretty big news covered all around the world !

SY
May 17, 2013 08:41am

@MIckey:

You are right...negative or sarcastic or caustic...

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 08:50am

you know your site's been flooded by indians when even proven facts and truths (if against india) have twice or thrice the thumbs downs than the thumbs ups

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 08:52am

@MIckey: it is also interesting that that is simply not true

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 08:52am

@CHANDRAKANTH: what is even more weird that this is not true. Besides this news in on all channels on all cricket playing nations. How can you expect DAWN not to report it?

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 08:56am

@Devil: wow I believed ur whole comment till I saw the last line. Gosh I'd never have realised it.

oh and btw...PS : Pun intended !!

Sharma
May 17, 2013 08:59am

@CHANDRAKANTH: You should read the sports section of Dawn daily. Might be surprised how often they cover IPL. Does that change anything though? They are corrupt so should be imprisoned and banned for 10 years each.

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 08:59am

@Akhter Husain: interesting point and worth a thought...good point mate

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 09:03am

@Ahmed: BCCI is the most powerful board which is bent on imposing its authority everywhere (since nobody seems to accept it), as is quite evident from the extreme bullying these past two or three years. I'm quite convinced they've been covering it up all this time and will contiue to do so.

ajay nayyar
May 17, 2013 09:12am

@Ahmed: your desperate remarks indicate that you finally got a chance that you were waiting for long, to show your hatred hidden somewhere inside you, against india. Try to look in bigger perspective. Evaluate the whole domain, try to find solutions. good and bad people lives everywhere. broaden your horizon, grow up man.

Anees
May 17, 2013 09:39am

Why is ICC so worried about spot-fixing in IPL when the 2011 ICC World Cup was fixed and decided to be given to India?

daniel
May 17, 2013 11:48am

@Zee: Thanks for not including sachin and dravid in your dream team..

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 12:00pm

@Andy: ditched his country??? wow...ignrance really is bliss, isnt it? and found in abundance amongst indians (esp when Pakistan is involved). Azhar Mahmood tried to make a comeback to the Pakistan team (even after getting the British nationality) but was unsuccessful. He opted for the IPL because it doesnt require the level of fitness that international cricket demands

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 12:01pm

@Hemant: funny how all of a sudden there's a 'justification' and 'understanding' of these actions now that indians are involved in it

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 12:04pm

@Mandeep: You have no idea how glad we are that we're not allowed to play the IPL. As far as no player being caught or tried in Pakistan itself....I'm sorry have you never heard of Salim Malik?

Amit Singh
May 17, 2013 12:34pm

@Ahmed: Brother, if u believe the report coming from Indian Media, regarding to spot fixing, you should also believe the report of call detail from karachi, who were in touch with player and bookie on the same day. So if you don't need to call India as epicentre of sport corruption, just check it in your own country. And you should thank to God that your player are not playing in IPL, otherwise every match would have mixed.

Rahul
May 17, 2013 01:02pm

@CHANDRAKANTH: It is not coincidence. It is called news. Come out of your biased mindset.

Abhishek
May 17, 2013 01:35pm

@Anees: Pakistanies crickters are fixer!

vijay
May 17, 2013 01:53pm

My head hangs in Shame.

Sherazi
May 17, 2013 02:17pm

It is interesting to note the timing of this controversy. When ICC is under pressure from FICA for possible investigation into the selection of Laxman Sivaramakrishnan as players' representative on the ICC cricket committee. The players involved in alleged spot fixing might be guilty, but this new issue has diverted the attention from more basic structural problems in ICC. I would like anyone from news world to do the analysis and report this issue as well.

Shubs
May 17, 2013 03:03pm

@Anees: :-) here we go...

Shubs
May 17, 2013 03:04pm

@Ahmed: Umm...you do understand what a pun is, right?

Human
May 17, 2013 03:24pm

@hamidik: Some Sanity amongst listless chain of balme-game messages , I agree totally and it hi-time people on both sides wake up to facts and look inwards for appropriate corrections.

rc
May 17, 2013 03:27pm

@arvi: Sorry to break it to you that this is not about the IPL; this is about corruption in sports! Losers! specially Mr Sreeshanth!

rc
May 17, 2013 03:29pm

@shabbzz: A very concerned citizen! :)

rc
May 17, 2013 03:30pm

Earlier - Cricket is a great leveler. Now - Betting is a great leveler! Congratulations India and Pakistan! :D

surg
May 17, 2013 04:09pm

Of course India is the hub of betting controversy. That's where the money is. How can ppor countries afford it

Ashish Mittal (Malerkotla, Punjab)
May 17, 2013 04:21pm

finally dawn show this news relating to IPL. When all was going well in IPL you had now shown a single news.. now suddenly all Pakistanis are active to comment here. It means SOME of both sides are more interested in negative news of each other.

Kashif
May 17, 2013 04:25pm

Lets see how Pakistani media handle this news. Like they over cooked the Indian prisoner news.

Anidesh, Mumbai
May 17, 2013 04:58pm

@Anees:

That old grape is still sore !

Anidesh, Mumbai
May 17, 2013 04:59pm

@Anees:

That old grapes are still sore !

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 05:43pm

@Ashish Mittal (Malerkotla, Punjab): DAWN hasnt suddenly woken up. The sports section did always carry the IPL match updates consistently. I've always maintained that indians are one of the most brainwashed people in the world. This is just further proof of it. This seems to be the common belief amongst the indians right now that dawn only prints the negative aspects of the IPL. This is COMPLETELY FALSE. This thing is headline news across all cricket playing nations and DAWN cant be blamed for reporting it.

raja hindustani
May 17, 2013 06:37pm

Guys, Please do not make it India-Pakistan issue again. Can't we discuss only Cricket here....??

Ahmed
May 17, 2013 07:18pm

@ajay nayyar: you're judgement of me and my character based on a simple comment speaks volumes of what you blame the Pakistani's for. And just because the truth is not of your liking doesnt mean that I have (in your words) 'look in bigger perspective. Evaluate the whole domain', Oh and kudos for your indepth analysis of my 'desperate answer'. Thanks for telling me that I gave a 'desperate answer out of frustration', coz if you hadnt told me how i think or should think, i swear I'd die.

Somu
May 17, 2013 07:36pm

I am an Indian and offer no excuses. These three players were cheats and should be treated as such.

I am also ashamed that they are a reflection of the society, not an isolated case. The PM Man Mohan Singh, his entire cabinet is involved in corruption scams worth lakhs of crores. The worst punishment these criminals have is being shunted of a cabinet. There are thousands of senior bureaucrats that are in the take for crores of rupees.

As a common citizen, how many of us paid a bribe? Do we have any shame? How many of question our corrupt relatives, friends?

At least these three cricketers cheated other good for nothing cricket betters. They did not cheat any honest men. If you are hurt because you loved the game, you are a sore looser.

You should hurt more whenever your rich corrupt uncle visits you or throws the biggest wedding celebration.

Manish Tomar
May 17, 2013 08:06pm

Chandila was asked to give 14 runs in an over, which he did, but he never signalled to the bookies. Sreesanth was asked to give 14 runs in an over, he signaled to the bookies by hanging out a towel and all that, but gave only 13. Chavan was asked to give 13 runs in an over, he ended up giving 15.

I have a feeling that Delhi Police didn't do any investigation. These bookies got so frustrated with these 3 idiots and this epic fail that they went to the police and surrendered and revealed all 3 names .

Mauren
May 18, 2013 06:01pm

Another scandal in cricket!

However, I am glad that the cops went in right away to arrest the players and bookies. They also seem to have built a solid case. Hope they get exemplary punishment-- 7 years in jail appears to be on the cards.

In the long run, India may have to legalize sports betting: only way to close down the untaxed, underground parallel economy run by crime lords living both in India and abroad.