IPL 2013 Spot-fixing: Delhi Police reveal evidence of Rajasthan Royals players’ involvement

Delhi Police alleged that Ankeet Chavan bowled a 14-run over as committed to a bookie during the match against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday © AFP

New Delhi: May 16, 2013

Delhi Police revealed visual evidence and transcripts of conversation between Rajasthan Royals’ players and bookies involved in spot-fixing during the press conference on Thursday.

According to Police, S Sreesanth was supposed to bowl his first over of the match against Pune Warriors India without a towel tucked in his trousers and was expected to use one while bowling the second over which was allegedly fixed.

Accordingly, before bowling the fixed over, Sreesanth warmed up for a while thereby allowing the bookies to place their bets. The Kerala pacer eventually gave more than 14 runs in the over according to the deal, reported NDTV.

It was also revealed that Sreesanth used Ajit Chandila in brokering certain deals with bookies. On May 5, when Royals played the Pune Warriors at home in Jaipur, Chandila bowled 14-run over which the police alleged was fixed. However the Royals’ bowler failed to give an indication unlike Sreesanth before bowling the over.

Chandila had agreed to pull out his T-Shirts as an indication before bowling the fixed over which fetched him Rs. 20 lakh in advance. The bookie however furious with no indication given by the bowler demanded his money back.

The Police also produced visual evidence of another Rajasthan player Ankeet Chavan bowling for the bookies during the match against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday evening. Chavan who plays his domestic cricket for Mumbai was expected to give away 14 runs in his over which he did in his first three deliveries. After accomplishing the fixed task, Chavan bowled a tidy over later giving just one run in the remaining three bowls.

Delhi Police is expected to tighten the noose over the three players with strong evidence of their involvement in spot-fixing.

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