IPL 2013 spot-fixing row: Tainted Rajasthan Royals cricketers cheated selectors, says Delhi Police chargesheet

From left: S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila © PTI

New Delhi: Aug 6, 2013 

Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, arrested for their alleged role in spot-fixing during IPL 6, have cheated the selectors, says the chargesheet filed in the case.

Had it been known that they had agreed to compromise their performances, they would never have been picked, team captain Rahul Dravid has said in his statement to Delhi Police.

“None of the players had ever come forward to bring to the notice of the selectors about anything untoward. Had any of the selectors known that a particular player had agreed to compromise his performance, he would never have been selected for the playing 11,” Dravid, a former India captain, told Delhi Police in his statement recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure), the charge-sheet says.

Delhi Police have named 30 people, including the three players, in the charge-sheet, filed July 30 in a MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act) court here. The others are bookies and their associates.

The chargesheet says a three-layered betting syndicate was involved in spot-fixing during IPL-6, with the prime movers being Karachi-based underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his lieutenant Chhota Shakeel.