All 10 UP players under scanner for IPL spot-fixing

An officer in the Special Task Force (STF) claimed that along with cricketers, activity of coaches and the local sponsors were also being watched © IANS (Representational Photo)

Mumbai: May 28, 2013

Investigative agencies including Mumbai Crime Branch and Delhi Police, along with Uttar Pradesh Police, are keeping a close eye on all the 10 players from UP to have participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 wit regard to their possible role in spot-fixing.

Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Ali Murtaza, Imtiaz Ahmed, Ankit Singh Rajput and Eklavya Dwivedi are the players from UP who participated in the sixth edition of the tournament.

UP Police ADG (law and order) Arun Kumar confirmed the news: “We are working independently on the leads provided by our agencies and so far we have successfully busted gangs involved in betting in Varanasi, Meerut, Kanpur and Ghaziabad.

“It’s true we are continuing our investigations and several people involved in the racket are on our radar,” Arun Kumar told Hindustan Times.

“Right now, we can’t share the details of the investigations, and people involved in spot-fixing and betting are likely to be nabbed soon,” he added.

An officer in the Special Task Force (STF) claimed that along with cricketers, activity of coaches and the local sponsors were also being watched.

“We have been tipped about the possible involvement of some of the players and coaches from [the] state,” he said.

“We have reports of a player bowling a no-ball on the very last ball of a match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore,” he said, adding, “Let’s see what happens once we complete our investigations.”

“Since the investigating agencies in Delhi and Mumbai are analyzing every match of the Indian T20 League, we can’t rule out the involvement of players even from UP in dealing with bookies or betting in the matches,” he concluded.

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