IPL 2013 Spot-Fixing: BCCI Orders Investigation, Changes To Procedures
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has concluded its emergency meeting to discuss the fallout of the spot-fixing controversy that has rocked the Indian Premier League this week.
Three Rajasthan Royals players - Shanthakumuran Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - were arrested by Delhi police and suspended by the BCCI as investigations into their involvement in spot-fixing continues.
At the meeting, the BCCI has appointed its anti-corruption officer Ravi Sawani to conduct an internal investigation and he is expected to file his report in the near future.
There are also plans to increase the number of anti-corruption officers overseeing IPL teams, step up security around players and improve the way in which players' agents are accredited.
Speaking at a press conference following the meeting, BCCI President N Srinivasan said:
"Everybody is innocent till proven guilty. The BCCI will not cover up for anybody but our actions must be fair. We will go through the process. If somebody is found guilty, we will act sternly.
"It (the inquiry) will be done very quickly, it is an internal inquiry, we might need some information from the police. Rest is up to Mr Sawani but it will be quickly done. We have to observe all channels of natural justice. We have rules and BCCI's own system," he added.
"The working committee decided henceforth all player agents have to be accredited by the BCCI. There will be an ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) official appointed with each team along with a security officer.
"Access to the players would be monitored. The head of ICC ACSU will give a note recommending steps to the BCCI to deal with it."
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