Even though Mumbai welcomed Harmeet Singh after the embroilment in IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy, still the left-arm spinner was left out by the side for Ranji Trophy 2013-14 season © Getty Images
Feb 15, 2014
Harmeet Singh, one of the outstanding performers in India’s ICC Under-19 World Cup victory in 2012, won’t be seen playing in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). Harmeet, who was left out of the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season by Mumbai, found no team bidding for him in the IPL 2014 auction.
The left-arm spinner was entangled in IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy, which saw three Rajasthan Royals players — S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila — involve in spot-fixing.
Even though Borad of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Disciplinary Committee gave him a clean chit later, Harmeet was not considered by Mumbai for the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 season.
Did Harmeet’s career get affected by his involvement in the IPL spot-fixing controversy?
“I don’t think that’s the case. I have already been given a clean chit by the BCCI. The Delhi Police is also aware that I was not involved in any such thing (spot-fixing). It is unfortunate that my name cropped up, but my case is very much clear. So, I don’t think I was not bought in the IPL auction because of what happened last season,” Harmeet was quoted as saying to MiD-DAY.
Harmeet was approached by his former Rajasthan Royals teammate Chandila, who had fixed a meeting with the bookies ahead of the start of IPL 6.
However, the left-arm spinner turned down the offer but Ravi Sawani, head of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, issued a show cause notice for not reporting the incident to the BCCI or IPL officials.
“I was keen to play for some team in the IPL, but it happens in an auction. There were so many players in it. A lot also depends on your luck because sometimes by the time your turn comes, most of the teams have formed their squads. Frankly, I hardly played any competitive matches in the last season so it was going to be difficult for me (to get picked) in the auction,” Harmeet said.