The Indian Premier League’s image has been tarnished after the recent spot-fixing controversy. Those, who had been taking the last year’s matter lightly, have now realized how deep fixing has penetrated the game. When cricketers playing Test and the biggest domestic tournament Ranji Trophy are involved in spot-fixing, it does not take a genius to realize the situation. According to latest reports, the arrested trio – Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila – have confessed to spot-fixing.


According to Delhi Police, Sreesanth said, weeping, that his close friend Jiju Janardan coaxed him into doing so.

The first of the three Rajasthan Royals’ players to confess was Chavan. Chandila confessed last. The players were arrested yesterday from Mumbai and now after reaching Delhi, they are under police detention for five days.

Moreover, the police said they would also interrogate Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty and captain Rahul Dravid on May 21.

The confession has led to the end of the trio, especially the way Sreesanth’s career has concluded must have sent shivers down the spines of many a player.

The eleven bookies police have arrested apart from the trio included a former Rajasthan Royals player. The actual name of Amit Kumar is Amit Singh and he has played 23 IPL matches from 2009 to 2012. Amit, 31, is a fast bowler and represented Gujarat in the last year’s Ranji Trophy.

This shows the deep roots of fixing in the IPL that Test and first-class players have themselves become fixers.

Police investigations show that the players earned Rs40 lakh to Rs60 lakh (Indian) from spot-fixing during the matches held earlier this month.

Three Pakistan cricketers – Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir – were banned for at least five years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after spot-fixing allegations in England in 2010, apart from facing imprisonments in Britain. Let’s see what India will do with their players.
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