IPL 2013: Three Players Investigated For Spot-Fixing
Three Rajasthan Royals players are being investigated by Delhi police for suspected spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League 2013.
Former international bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth as well as Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila have also been suspended by the IPL while the investigation is ongoing.
"We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches," a statement posted on Rajasthan Royals' website confirmed.
"We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything. We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation.
"The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game."
On the field, the Royals have enjoyed a fine season, having already booked a slot in the play-offs with one group match still to play.
A statement from Sanjay Jagdale, secretary of the Indian board (BCCI), added:
"All information required to bring the persons involved to book will be collected and strictest action will be taken, if found guilty.
"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."
The most high profile recent case of spot-fixing - where players fix specific parts of a game such as, for example, the number of runs scored in one over, or when a no ball is bowled - came in August 2010, after which Pakistan internationals Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned for at least five years each following an undercover sting operation.
Almost exactly one year ago, the Indian board (BCCI) suspended five cricketers - Amit Yadav, TP Sudhindra, Shalab Srivastav, Abhinav Bali and Mohnish Mishra - and subsequently banned Sudhindra and Mishra for spot-fixing in domestic cricket.
Former Pakistan international Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield have also been banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board for their part in attempting to fix parts of a game for Essex in 2009.
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