Exactly a year after the sensational revelations by an Indian TV channel that rocked the Indian Premier League (IPL), yesterday’s arrests of three Rajasthan Royal players have proved that the reservations about the world’s biggest cricket league are well founded.

[caption id="attachment_937" align="alignright" width="227"]Indian Test player Sreesanth is also among the three players arrested (Photo: Getty Images) Indian Test player Sreesanth is also among the three players arrested (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

According to initial reports, cases were registered against Indian international pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and his two Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended the trio until the investigation into the incident has been completed. The players were booked under sections of cheating and criminal conspiracy (420 and 120B) of the Indian Penal Code.

Sreesanth is under the detention of Delhi Police while Chavan and Chandila have been detained in Mumbai and their arrests happened yesterday when the police raided the city’s Trident hotel. In a yesterday’s match against Mumbai Indians, Chavan represented Rajasthan Royals, who lost the match. Police have also arrested seven bookies in this regard.

The Rajasthan Royals’ franchise has issued a statement about the arrests, expressing its surprise about the spot-fixing scandal. Franchise co-owner Shilpa Shetty said she was informed that the players were arrested for investigation into the case. She said the Rajasthan Royals management was in contact with the Indian cricket board and would cooperate with the authorities. Anything which is against the spirit of the game is intolerable to the management, she said.

On the same day last year, Indian spicy news channel ‘India TV’ unearthed a report, airing secret videos of Deccan Chargers’ Prakash Chandra Sudhindra, Kings XI Punjab’s Shalabh Srivastava and Pune Warriors’ Manish Pandey. In the videos, journalists disguising themselves as bookies were shown dealing with the players. Later, two more players – Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bal – were also found guilty in the case and all the players were subsequently banned.

According to Indian newspaper the Times of India, the IPL matches played in Mohali and Mumbai were partly fixed. The accused will be shifted to Delhi on transit remand after today’s appearance at the Mumbai court.

Three international Indian players Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar were also banned in the past on fixing allegations.

Emerging of spot-fixing controversy for the second consecutive year is not a good omen for the world’s biggest cricket league. Let’s see whether the accusations will come true or not. The allegations made by India TV through a sting operation last year were proved well founded.
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