New Delhi/Mumbai, May 15 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday said that it would take stringent action against players allegedly accused of fixing matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but only after a thorough investigation and viewing of a TV channel sting operation tape.
BCCI president N.Srinivasan said that the working committee of the cricket board would be having a teleconference around 2 p.m. this afternoon to discuss the matter, which he termed as serious and shocking.
The channel, India TV, has claimed that it had done a sting operation in which many players confessed on hidden camera they get much more than their prescribed auction under the table. According to the channel, its operation also revealed that spot-fixing is not only prevalent in IPL, but also that first class matches are fixed and women played an important role in match-fixing.
Superstars of Indian cricket and even an international player, who is a captain of one of the teams, are involved in fixing the matches, the channel said in a statement.
Srinivasan said:"We will ensure that the integrity of the game is protected. BCCI believes in the integrity of the game. We will take the strictest possible action. We will have to have the tapes and the moment we see it, whoever is the player, we will take very very strict action."
"If there is any truth in it, it is a fact that we will take strictest action. Even if it means suspending the player immediately. But (that has to be) based on some evidence and fact, for which I have asked the COO of IPL Sundar Raman to request for the tape," he added.
Srinivasan said he has asked the Governing Council of the IPL to go into this matter.
"We will act to show that this is not tolerated. IPL, we believe is clean. We have got the Anti- Corruption Unit covering it. They are the in-chanrge of the security. We have got Ravi Swami, who was heading BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit to take it up for us. People can make allegations. But if there is any shred of evidence, we will take action," said Srinivasan.
The channel claimed that an IPL player had confessed that he was getting Rs.1.45 crore from its owner whereas he was in the Rs.30 lakh slab.
It named an IPL player, claiming he had bowled a no-ball in last year's first class match on the insistence of the channel's reporter.
He had also assured to change his team in future if he was paid Rs.60 lakh, the channel said. Another player demanded Rs.10 lakh for bowling a no-ball in an IPL match, it said.
The channel said a pattern has emerged where a particular bowler pitches easy deliveries and there are dropped catches.
The BCCI also said in release that it will seek a "complete footage" of the 'sting operation' and examined thoroughly.
"The complete footage of the 'sting operation' will be sought, and examined thoroughly. The GC will meet on an emergent basis to review the footage and take appropriate strict action," Board Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in the release. (ANI)