Former betting king Dinesh Kalgi says no Indian cricketer is clean

Dinesh Kalgi claims that Australia, South Africa, London and Dubai are the main centres of fixing © Getty Images (Representation photo)

Mumbai: May 22, 2013

Dinesh Kalgi, a former betting king has claimed that no Indian cricketer is honest and the fixing happens at a much higher level, involving countries like Australia, South Africa, and London as well as Dubai.

Kalgi told CNN-IBN that the recent arrests of Rajasthan Royals cricketers S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila handled it all in an ‘amateurish’ way, adding that even the administrators are a part of it.

“All that recently happened is very normal. This is not fixing. They were trying something that didn’t work. These are just small fish. No one will cheat for Rs. 20-25 lakhs… This was amateurish fixing; they didn’t know how to go about it properly,” Kalgi said.

The former ‘betting king’ claimed that the centres of fixing keep changing, but the funds come only from Dubai.

“High-level fixing happens in Australia, South Africa, London and Dubai. It’s all planned there. All this happens from London and is backed and supervised from Dubai. If this time the network was in London, next time it can be in Australia and then maybe South Africa. It happens in these countries, but it is financially supported from Dubai,” he said.

Kalgi believes that no player is clean and even the administrators, sponsors and selection committees are involved.

“In the Indian team or any team for that matter, I believe no one is honest. Everybody does whatever they want for money, be it in Australia or South Africa. Whoever has more control indulges in this. New players also learn the ways eventually. There is no cricketer who does not do it for money. And not just players, even sponsors and selection committees are involved,” Kalgi said.

“There is only one big syndicate that is operating all this. Players are told that ‘if you want to do it, do it’. The big players are offered big money. No one is doing this under pressure. It’s all for money,” Kalgi added.

In the current edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), at least 15-20 matches were rigged.

“This season at least 15-20 matches are fixed. Bollywood is also involved but they will never get caught. It’s these small fish that will come under the net. Besides, this is not a criminal act or drugs, etc. This is being done for fun and money; there is no genuine love for sports here,” he said.

Kalgi, explaining how fixing is done, said: “For session booking, we need to meet 2-3 cricketers who open the innings. They are told how many runs to make or when to get out. This is how the setting is done. But the whole match is not one cricketer or one bookie is doing. The match is pre-fixed and things are decided in advance. In my experience, everyone is involved. Everyone is a thief.”

He concluded by saying, “Be it Indian cricket, world cricket, world football or tennis, this will not stop.”

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