IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Harmeet Singh suspended by BCCI

Harmeet Singh (centre) with India U-19 captain Unmukt Chand during the World Cup in Australia last year © Getty Images

Mumbai: Jul 6, 2013

Indian cricketer Harmeet Singh was on Saturday suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pending inquiry, after the Rajasthan Royals’ cricketer made revelations to the Delhi Police in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal, according to reports.

Harmeet will be questioned by the BCCI Anti Corruption Unit chief Ravi Savani on July 6, a few days after he told Delhi Police that Ajit Chandila and a bookie planned to approach star Australian and Rajasthan Royals’ all-rounder Shane Watson.

A top BCCI official told The Indian Express: “We have issued a show-cause notice and asked Harmeet to depose in front of Sawani on Saturday. Like Trivedi, he too was approached by bookies but he didn’t inform either the ACSU officer or the board about it.”

A statement by the 19-year-old cricketer, who played for India in the Under-19 World Cup in 2012, was recorded before a magistrate under section 164 under Criminal Procedure Code on July 3, an official in the Delhi Police said, according to NDTV.

Harmeet revealed that was contacted by three bookies — Mannan, Jeetender alias Jeetu and another unnamed person at a Mumbai hotel, asking to influence the Australian cricketer. But Chandila refused by saying Watson “was too big for his boots”, reports Times of India.