BCCI welcomes arrest of suspects involved in alleged fixing of IPL matches

While BCCI refused to have any information regarding match fixing in IPL 2019, the board is open to take actions against the culprits.

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As per the latest developments, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has welcomed the arrest of suspects allegedly involved in fixing Indian Premier League (IPL) games. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recently received inputs that the results of IPL 2019 were influenced by the betting market and that too with inputs from Pakistan. While BCCI refused to have any information regarding this, the board is open to take actions against the culprits.

It must be noted that CBI has booked seven suspected culprits in connection with two separate cases related to alleged fixing in IPL 2019. CBI also stated that it had got the lead from a source in Pakistan. As per reports, the investigating agency has started a nationwide probe and searched premises in cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur.

We have had no information about any corrupt activity: BCCI official

“We have had no information about any corrupt activity and if the CBI comes into picture, it is good for us. The truth will come out,” a BCCI member, in knowledge of the development, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. Notably, this is not the first time that a fixing scandal has emerged in the gala T20 league.

In 2013, three Rajasthan Royals players including former Indian international S Sreesanth were arrested for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing. Moreover, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned for two years, 2016 and 2017, as their owners came under the scanner for being involved in fixing and betting.

Meanwhile, the names of culprits arrested in the ongoing case are Dileep Kumar (in Delhi), Gurram Vasu, Gurram Satish (in Hyderabad), Sajjan Singh, Prabhu Lal Meena, Ram Avtar and Amit Kumar Sharma (from Rajasthan).

“In the garb of betting related to IPL matches, they are cheating the general public by inducing them for betting. A part of the money received from the general public in India for such betting activities was also shared with associates based in foreign countries using hawala transactions. As per the information, the said network of individuals are involved in cricket betting since 2013,” the CBI said in the FIR.

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