Tuesday 30 July 2013 

IPL Spot-Fixing: Sreesanth Among 39 Charged

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (right), pictured here in late May following his arrest
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Former Indian international fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is among 39 individuals who have been charged in relation to spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League 2013 according to news agency reports in India.

Sreesanth was one of three Rajasthan Royals cricketers who were arrested during the tournament along with several bookmakers.

Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were the other players arrested during the competition - in which the Royals finished third - while former Royal Amit Singh was also questioned.

Royals captain Rahul Dravid has been named as a witness on the chargesheet drawn up by Indian prosecutors, along with team-mates Siddharth Trivedi and Harmeet Singh.

In May, the league was rocked by the scandal that overshadowed its closing stages and the 39 people are charged with offences of cheating and conspiracy.

A number of investigations were subsequently launched, leading to BCCI President N. Srinivasan stepping aside and IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla deciding to stand down.

Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan - a son-in-law of Srinivasan - was also suspended by the BCCI as the owners of both Chennai and Rajasthan franchises were investigated.

Royals co-owner Raj Kundra subsequently admitted to placing bets on his team, actions which have placed the future of the Rajasthan franchise in jeopardy.

© Cricket World 2013

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