IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: BCCI sets up panel to probe scandal

N Srinivasan said the BCCI will ensure that players’ agents will be accredited with the board © AFP

Chennai: May 19, 2013  

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will set up a panel to probe the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing scandal, president N Srinivasan announced on Sunday.

Indian cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, all playing for the Rajasthan Royals, were arrested in Mumbai late Wednesday night by Delhi Police for alleged spot fixing.

Srinivasan said that BCCI ACSU’s chief Ravi Sawani has been appointed commissioner of the probe panel.

“Ravi Sawani has been appointed the commissioner to inquire into allegations against these players. His report  will be submitted to the BCCI disciplinary committee in quick time. We won’t hesitate to act ruthlessly if the players are found guilty.”

The board president added: “The committee also decided that all player agents have to be accredited with the BCCI. An ACSU official will travel with the team along with a security officer. Access to players will be monitored closely.”

The three players, now suspended by the BCCI, have been charged under section 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Fifteen people have been arrested since the controversy broke out. They include three bookies – Sunil Bhatia, Kiran Dole and Manish Gudewa – arrested from Aurangabad Sunday.

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