The IPL is 100 percent fixed, claims Vindoo

The tainted actor even claims Sreesanth is innocent.

With just weeks left for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to begin, the cash-rich Twenty20 event may find itself in fresh trouble due to allegations of spot and match-fixing.

Vindoo Dara Singh, the actor named in the 2013 IPL corruption scandal, claimed the tournament is heavily compromised and the malaise is not unknown to those in charge.

He also said the whole match-fixing saga was part of a power struggle between BCCI president N. Srinivasan and former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.

"It is 100 per cent fixed,” Vindoo told a news channel. "Barring (Royal Challengers Bangalore owner) Vijay Mallya, nobody knows anything. Mallya is himself involved in betting, he earns Rs. 100-200 crore in IPL.” The actor also said individuals from the film industry were involved in betting on IPL matches.

"The entire Bollywood places bets, but they are not involved in match fixing.”

Even players are not immune to the temptation of easy money, Vindoo claimed. "These people can easily pay player Rs. 14-15 crore, which they can’t get by playing for India. There they get a lakh or Rs. 25,000 per match; they’ve never seen Rs. 14-15 crore,” the actor said.

"They know crowd needs to come and the entire world should tune into our matches.” Even international matches were vulnerable to the fixing virus, according to Vindoo.

"IPL has brought everyone close. All players are sleeping in one room, friendship develops, then it has to happen.”

But Vindoo gave banned cricketer Sreesanth a clean chit. "I will say he is 100 per cent not guilty. Supposing I am Sreesanth, If I have to give away 14 runs in an over, I will give away two boundaries in the first two deliveries, only then can 14 runs be scored. But he gave only six runs off his first four deliveries — is there a guarantee that two boundaries will be scored off the last two balls?” he argued.

Vindoo accused Srinivasan and Modi of wrongdoing. "This entire case is actually a tussle between Modi and Srinivasan. We have nothing to do with it. We did nothing.... but were still dragged into it. Lalit Modi just needed a chance to get Srinivasan out,” he said.

"They (cops) said: "We know you haven’t done anything, but there’s pressure from Sharad Pawar sahab and until Srinivasan isn’t nabbed you will have to stay.”

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