11 arrested on charges of illegal betting in IPL 2018
Over INR 50,000 was seized from the fugitives, police clarified
Updated - Apr 29, 2018 10:45 am
While the Indian Premier League (IPL) has set a benchmark as one of the leading cricketing leagues all across the globe, it has failed to keep away with the curse of illegal betting and match-fixing. And recently, 11 persons were taken into custody on charges of betting in an IPL match. The arrests were made on Saturday during a raid at a house near Sohna town while the match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders was on. Over INR 50,000 was seized from the fugitives, police clarified.
One of the men fled the spot while others were arrested. Eleven mobile phones and a LED screen were also seized. Those arrested have been identified as Rahul, Arshad, Maqsood, Ishrar, Abdul, Aasmohammad, Javed, Irshad, Zafrudeen, Salmuddin and Saleem.
The incident happened just days after Delhi Police had arrested three men for allegedly running an online betting racket linked to the IPL from a house in east Delhi’s Subhash Park area.
The three were allegedly using a software on their laptops that kept a record of those placing bets and the financial transactions. Eighty people were involved in placing bets when the house was raided in Shahdara, said police.
Track record of betting in IPL
This isn’t the first time that the IPL has been marred by such scandals. In 2013, everything changed for the Indian Premier League and the tournament was hit by its biggest crisis. Delhi Police arrested three Rajasthan Royals players – S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – for spot-fixing. It was the biggest scandal to hit the Indian Premier League, which resulted in Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals being banned for two years each.
Previously in 2012, the IPL for the first time was thrown into disrepute after a news channel alleged that players in the league were guilty of spot-fixing. The BCCI immediately suspended five IPL players allegedly caught on camera indulging in spot-fixing in a sting operation aired by a TV channel.
The fallout was big as a life-ban was imposed on Deccan Chargers’ TP Sudhindra and a 5-year ban for Kings XI Punjab’s Shalabh Srivastava apart from a one-year ban on Pune Warriors India’s Mohnish Mishra and Kings XI Punjab’s Amit Yadav.