CHANDILA'S WIFE SARITA REACTS
NDTV spoke to Chandila's family in Faridabad:
"He has been doing well for the last two-three years for Rajasthan. People are jealous of him. It's a conspiracy," said Sarita.
"He can't do such things. He doesn't have to. We have no clue why he should fix matches but the media is already calling him guilty. We are behind him," said Ajit's sister-in-law, Usha.
SREESANTH'S FATHER BLAMES DHONI, HARBHAJAN
Malyalam Manorama has quoted Sreesanth's father as saying that India captain MS Dhoni and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (who was involved in the slapping controversy with Sreesanth) are behind the arrests.
Santhakuran Nair accused Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh of "trapping him in spot-fixing."
"Dhoni had once threatened Sreesanth," he said. Meanwhile, Sreesanth's mother said that he is not a person who "runs after money" and this "might be a trap to defame him."
His brother-in-law, Madhu Balakrishnan, a leading south Indian playback singer, said that the trap was a plot to "destroy Sreesanth’s marriage plans."
"DEAD AGAINST MATCH-FIXING" [Link]
Balakrishnan said the cricketer had been upset for the past many days and was seen crying. He added that Sreesanth told his parents that he was upset about not being allowed to play in some of the IPL matches.
"He is dead against match-fixing, and can never do anything like that. He told his parents that he was fully fit but was not being allowed to play. We are certain that he will do no wrong."
SECOND SPOT-FIXING SCANDAL IN TWO YEARS
This is the second spot-fixing and corruption controversy to dog the IPL in two years. In 2012, five cricketers were banned for various terms for an assortment of crimes. While the one-year bans handed to Amit Yadav, Mohnish Mishra and Abhinav Bali ended this week, a life-ban was handed to TP Sudhindra and a five-year ban to Shalabh Srivastava.
The full text of the BCCI's press statement:
The BCCI is shocked and saddened at the recent developments. 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 IPL Governing Council has met and decided that the cricketers found involved will be dealt with severely.
As of now, the 3 players viz; Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and S. Sreesanth stand suspended pending enquiry. All information required to bring the persons involved to book will be collected and strictest action will be taken, if found guilty.
The BCCI engages the services of the anti corruption wing of the ICC to educate and monitor players and support staff in prevention of corruption of any form in the game. In fact, it is wholly unfortunate that despite such education, best playing conditions and terms of engagement offered, some players seem to be indulging in such activity.
SUNIL GAVASKAR'S REACTION
"We need to remember that people are innocent till proven guilty. The T-20 format is such that unorthodox things are tried, sometimes they come off, sometimes they don't. I don't think there has been anything in the IPL that has raised my eyebrows."
FIXING CARTEL INFILTRATING SCHOOLS [Link]
The IPL betting syndicate has got the capital’s schoolchildren in its sights now. Children from Delhi’s top schools are increasingly getting involved in betting through bookies.
A Mail Today Investigation discovered that seven children have recently been withdrawn from their institutions after being caught with hands in the betting till. A new mobile phone application, or app, that can be easily downloaded on android phones is driving this trend.
Called ‘bet-droid viewer’, the app gives information on betting rates across teams. Teenagers are hooked. They get in touch first with the punters (middlemen of bookies), who in turn connect them to bookies.
OFFICIAL REACTION FROM RAJASTHAN [Link]
"We have been informed that 3 of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. 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."
KUNDRA'S REACTION [Link]
Team owner Raj Kundra has tweeted: "Just when IPL was going on so smoothly without controversies I woke up to the news of 3 RR players alleged spot fixing."
"When asked the repeated question is IPL fixed my answer is always IPL teams CAN'T be fixed but individual players who lack integrity can" (sic).
This is a developing story. More details will follow.
MORE ON SPOT-FIXING:
Inside The Dark World Of Match Fixing (Nov 20, 2012)
A Monster The BCCI Created (May 17, 2012)
The Dark Side of The IPL (May 16, 2012)
Dial 'M' For Match Fixing (May 6, 2011)
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