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Wednesday 16 May 2012

Black Money makes the greatest Entertainment With Tax Evasion ensured as IPL becomes the Best avenue of Political and economic diversion!

Black Money makes the greatest Entertainment With Tax Evasion ensured as IPL becomes the Best avenue of Political and economic diversion!

Indian Holocaust My Father`s Life and Time - Eight HUNDRED THIRTY FOUR

Palash Biswas

Black Money makes the greatest Entertainment With Tax Evasion ensured as IPL becomes the Best avenue of Political and economic diversion! Match Fixing and Spot Fixing are the essential part of the game. GAAR has no provision to curb Tax Evasion in IPL thanks to the iconised economics of Cricket. Great Indian Capitalists have got an alien Island within the sports to invest and gain. For instance, Kingfisher is running in trouble. But Vijay Malya has no trouble to invest in IPL or Formula One. Money Power and Politics remixed with Cricket to hit the stands and beyond. Sting Operations would not change the story.Mind you,the Indian cricket board on Tuesday suspended five Indian Premier League players who were caught claiming to have fixed matches and receiving excess payments from their team owners in a sting operation carried out by a TV channel, throwing franchises, brand managers and corporate sponsors of India's most valued sporting event into a tizzy.It's difficult to evoke a response until you are hurt. There were no cracks on BCCI president N. Srinivasan's forehead and none on the players involved, neither was there a stammer in the speech of parliamentarian cum IPL chief Rajiv Shukla.Keeping faith in the IPL franchisee owners, BCCI President N Srinivisan on Tuesday refused to believe that the team owners may have some involvement in the spot-fixing as the Twenty20 league is under-scanner now.

A sting operation by a private television channel led to suspension of five Indian players from the league by the Board on allegations of spot-fixing.The BCCI chief said it would be wrong to say at this stage if owners have any role in it. "All the franchisees are people of stature behind it. It will be wrong to presume they are doing something wrong and then make enquiries. If something comes to light it is different. All the franchisees are reputable people and I have respect for them," Srinivasan was quoted as saying by another television channel.

Now to the latest corruption scandal that's tainting the sport that was once seen as the bastion of sportsmanship and fair play. India's cricket board has suspended five players on suspicion of match-fixing or salary cap breaches. One of the cricketers is allegedly on tape discussing payments for bowling wides and no balls. It's another blow to the lucrative Indian Premier League, a competition that involves some of Australia's best cricketers.A rattled Indian cricket board reacted swiftly to allegations of spot-fixing and underhand financial dealings in the Indian Premier league (IPL), suspending five players until an inquiry is conducted.hey are TP Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab), Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali, a Delhi cricketer who now represents Himachal Pradesh in domestic cricket.The decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) on Tuesday, at the end of which IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla announced the decision to conduct an inquiry headed by Ravi Sawani, former head of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption and security unit. "Sawani will conduct the preliminary inquiry and send his report to the disciplinary committee," Shukla said.The five are expected to appear before the inquiry commission in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Srivastava and Mishra have said they are not guilty and are being framed. Mishra, however, admitted he'd made the statements on camera but had done so casually "to develop his value", a PTI report said.

Pune immediately suspended Mishra, hours after the BCCI handed him the same punishment.

Will Srinivasan allow a probe against himself?

New Delhi, May 16 -- When it comes to judging corruption allegations in cricket, particularly in the sub-continent, 'no smoke without fire' has become the favoured testing method. There are two strong reasons for this: the match-fixing scandal that rocked the game in 2000 and the serious concerns raised by the Central Bureau of Investigation ripped apart pretensions that the game was insulated from shady elements. The scourge of spot-fixing then came to the fore after the News Of The World sting in 2010 led to Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir being jailed in the UK.

With every second fixing allegation being sourced to illegal bookies based in world cricket's financial hub, few think these elements do not try to target the game in the country. The Indian Premier League, since it kicked off in 2008, has never been free of whispers; close matches, incredible twists and turns, and the way teams that are seemingly down and out bounce back every time only fuel more speculation.

Serious concerns

The TV sting on domestic players, essentially fringe characters as far as the multi-million dollar IPL goes, has raised serious fears that the rot runs deep and even domestic cricket like Ranji, Deodhar Trophy, etc. are not immune. Some of the players who spoke to the undercover reporters claimed spot-fixing does happen in the IPL.

While the BCCI has promised strict action against them after an inquiry, it has conveniently swept aside the claims about the franchises' dealings. The Indian cricket board floats in money but fights shy of taking issues head on, be it reviewing India's pathetic overseas performances and taking strong remedial action or addressing all the issues raised by the sting operation.

While players face action after purportedly claiming to the TV reporters that they might agree to spot-fix, what about their claims that franchises pay in black to buy players? Why the delay in announcing an investigation into this claim? It doesn't reflect well on the senior board officials, especially with the BCCI president himself owning a franchise.

The sting throws up more disturbing issues. The players say they assumed the undercover reporters were actually player agents offering them fresh deals. Now, the way they spoke freely to 'agents' raises the big question whether middle-men are playing active, and illegal, roles in the IPL, to get fringe players into teams for hefty commissions?

The IPL, from inception, has been a financial maze. With the minimum a player can make in an IPL season being R10 lakh (paid to uncapped players with two years first-class experience), there is lot of money to be made. But the league has a history of dubious financial dealings, which erupted during the Shashi Taroor versus Lalit Modi tussle in 2009. Some of the financial investigations are yet to be completed. Thus the claims made by players that teams pay in black, and give away cars and flats to circumvent IPL salary cap rules, cannot be dismissed.

The five are now desperate to wriggle out and save their careers. But will the larger issues be swept under the carpet?

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It sounds rather funny that Sports Minister Ajay Maken has asked the Indian Cricket Board to take prompt action in the IPL spot-fixing scandal and bring the guilty to book.

'I wish that BCCI acts fast, goes into the root cause of this problem and solves the problem in the interest of the millions of fans in cricket in our country', said Maken. The minister hoped that the matter would be sorted out at the earliest.

'I have just seen part of what all of you have seen in the sting operation. I am very all know that in cricket, in other sports also and not only in India but elsewhere also we occasionally hear such things happening.

'But the challenge and the opportunity here lies with the BCCI as to how far they are able to go to the root cause, go to the bottom of the problem and sort it out,' said Maken.

The scandal was also raised in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday with some members seeking a highlevel probe into match fixing charges and the way IPL is used to convert black money into white.

BJP member Kirti Azad told Lok Sabha during Zero Hour that IPL is a commercial entity and the Memoramdum of Association violated rules and guidelines.

He claimed that since politicians, irrespective of parties, came in to heading or being part of the various national sports associations, corruption has seeped in and grown. Rs30 crore is paid every year to each of these federations. Where does this money go?  There is no internal audit. '

hough he did not take the name of Arun Jaitley, Rajeev Shukla, Sharad Pawar and Lalu Prasad Yadav (all linked to sport bodies), Azad said politicians in the cricket boards were irresponsible.

Grim-faced Pawar and Lalu Yadav, who were in the House, sat listening to his fulminations, but did not react.

Demanding an internal audit of the Board, Azad said because of such corruption, anti-politician sentiment is gaining ground.

He alleged that the police and the administration were cooperating with the culprits.

He said he has been writing to the Delhi police since last year but no action has been taken.

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Bertrand de Speville, the London-based Anti-corrpution fighter may not have been surprised with the suspension of five IPL players (pending enquiry) by the Indian cricket board. Mr. de Speville has advised governments and international organisations on various aspects of anti-corruption policy and practice. His services were sought by the ICC and in its report submitted to the game's highest governing body earlier this year, he had warned about fixing in Twenty 20 and the IPL.

"It is sad to hear the news (about players' suspension", he said over telephone from London. In my report I did say that the players get more opporunity to fix the game in this format". "Whenever the players or their agents are cheating the authority should take the right disciplinary action and fans should not be deprived of the true cricket", he added.

"The view of those consulted is that the arrival of international T20 cricket and the Indian Premier League has considerably increased the risk of match-fixing", he said in its 33-page report. "Review of the ICC's anticorruption arrangements and spot-fixing. By contractual arrangement the ICC provides services to the IPL.

There is also no reason to suppose that the risk of corruption unconnected with betting will have diminished", he added. A former joint-director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), K. (Kollaikal) Madhavan was commissioner during the BCCI's match-fixing inquiry.

He was appointed by the then president, Dr A.C.Muthiah, best remembered for his tough stand. Madhavan, though, declined to speak at length, however, said, "I am aware about the recent claims but have not seen the footage fully. The BCCI should obtain the original sting operation video tape and send it to the experts.

The BCCI should also take necessary remedial measures, if required". "The BCCI can only initiate the departmental action against the alleged players, becuase they (the players) are not government servants", he added. On the basis on Madhavan's 162-page report the Indian cricket board had banned senior Indian players. "The laws in Britain are different", he said. Because of the different laws in Britain, the three Pakistani trio, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were sent to jail for their role in spot-fixing claims.

Economic Times reports:

IPL commissioner Rajeev Shukla said that the governing council of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended strong action against the players if they were to be found guilty in a probe by Ravi Sawani, former member of the anti-corruption and security unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Sawani was appointed head of BCCI's new anti-corruption unit only three days ago. He will send his report to the disciplinary committee of the IPL in 15 days, pending which all five players - Mohnish Mishra of Pune Warriors, TP Sudhindra and Abhinav Bali of Deccan Chargers, Amit Yadav and Shalabh Srivastava of Kings XI Punjab - will remain suspended, Shukla told reporters after a meeting of the council.

The governing council also decided to probe allegations of payments made to players by team owners over and above their contract fee. "We will take strict action against anyone found guilty," BCCI president N Srinivasan told ET. Srinivasan, managing director of India Cements, is also the owner of Chennai Super Kings, the defending champions in the league. Brand Value, a brand consultancy firm, valued the IPL brand at $3.67 billion in 2011.

The sting operation carried out by India TV, a Hindi news channel, aired secretly recorded conversations in which a few players appeared to admit to so-called spot fixing in the ongoing and previous editions of IPL, and also revealed that some team owners were allegedly paying their players over and above their contracted fee.

The unexpected turn of events, just as the fifth edition of IPL was nearing the crucial play-off stage, also forced worried team sponsors to reach out to the franchise owners. One of them, consumer electronics maker Videocon wrote to the Kings XI Punjab team, saying their brand image was getting tarnished because photographs of one of the team players named in the sting was trending on the Internet and social media, with the Videocon brand prominently displayed on his team shirt. Videocon chairman VN Dhoot said, "I am disturbed. We have written a strong letter to them this morning."

"If the investigations happen, and there is a big 'if' here, and if the allegations are proved true, it will be a huge hit on IPL. Many of the teams are owned by large respected corporates and match fixing could be a direct hit on their overall associations as well," said Shailendra Singh, joint managing director of Percept.

A day after a news channel conducted a sting operation showing players talking about various payment issues, the franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have cautioned their players not to talk to unknown persons and try to refrain away from the media.

"We have been told not to speak to unknown persons. It's fair enough after whatever happened with those players. Our franchise conducted a meeting and instructed a few important things," a player, who is playing in the IPL, told TOI on condition of anonymity.

The TV channel showed five domestic players discussing the alleged involvement of IPL captains and even team owners in engaging in lengthy haggling over the price of bowling a no-ball on demand in the IPL.

The players were also seen discussing deals in which IPL owners allegedly pay players "in black" well beyond the slabs prescribed by the league.

It's not that the franchises are overtly worried over the issue but they don't want further controversies. "We don't want to comment on what has happened. The BCCI is already conducting the enquiry. However, we have informed our players not to speak to any unknown person even if he says he is an agent or any official. You don't know what their intentions may be. We haven't placed a media gag, but even if a player knows some journalist he should first inform us before talking to him," an official of IPL franchise said.

A BCCI official, who doesn't wish to be named, said that players should only concentrate on playing and if they perform well things will automatically fall into place.

"First of all, these players should stay away from these 'unknown agents'. Look what has happened with those five players. The associations should also educate their players. Most of the associations now have media managers and CEOs; they should inform these things to them if at they come across such incidents. Now a days, any small thing related to BCCI is big issue for media," he said.

Kirti Azad, himself  a part of the 1983 World Cup winning team, asks quite a relevant question, Where's the accountability?This is the basic question to be dealt with.Azad writes:

Whenever there is any reference to match or spot-fixing in cricket, all the BCCI officials stand up in unison, and start singing the BCCI anthem —see no evil, do no evil, hear no evil — it is so theatrical.

The parliamentary affairs minister (read Rajiv Shukla), who is hardly seen in Parliament, is the first to rubbish the allegations, and goes on to give to anybody who cares to listen, homilies about not getting swayed by hearsay, and seeks to deflect the core issue by appointing some committee to probe the allegations. And, suddenly we have heavyweight politicians, who are all associated with some cricket association or the other, jumping into the fray and helping to obfuscate issues.

Which begs the question: Is there any accountability in the system of administering cricket in India? The answer is NO.
There is nothing new about the IPL mess. The league has spawned a deeper mess. Today, we do not know what to do with the surfeit of money that has come into cricket. Cricket's commercialisation has brought in money, and this money in turn, has brought in politicians, of all hues and, across party lines.

Normally all these politicians try to put the opposite party on the mat, on all matters relating to corruption, but are remarkably coy and understanding, when it comes to cricket.

The sports minister cannot even pilot an important bill to regulate sports bodies in India. The BCCI simply refuses to come under the ambit of national sports federation, despite milking the government for various favours, including I-T exemptions, using the name India, getting Padma Shri, etc. Is it any surprise that we do not often see the parliamentary affairs minister in Parliament, but see him in practically every frame of IPL, every evening.

Look at every state association. Who is jostling for power? They are either the industrialists, heavyweight politicians or their minions, the bureaucrats/police officers. The reason is star and money power which is a compelling proposition for many in political class. Life in Parliament, for these bigwigs, is quite a dreary thing as compared to sharing the fizz with cricketers and industrialists through cricket.

There is an open competition to pocket as much money as possible. The heads on which money is spent is pretty much the same year after year. Like the heads, the contractors are the same, with each contractor being aligned with a particular bigwig in the association. There is a quid pro quo in practically everything.

I have been incessantly fighting against all this malaise in Delhi cricket. Even an open and shut case that the Delhi Police has against DDCA office bearers is moving at snail's pace despite my constant reminders and meetings with officers including the commissioner.

The youngsters who aspire to play for the country have to manage money to be paid to louts and touts. I feel sad when parents come to me and other ex-cricketers to advise their children to stop playing cricket, quite simply because they cannot fund the various cash requirements of touts and some secretaries, particularly those belonging to institutional clubs.

I look back at my time, when I simply cycled down to Delhi's National Stadium every afternoon, and intently practised what our coach, the legendary Gurcharan Singh, used to teach us. "Cricket is like your mother, respect her".

I wish I could help in turning back the clock. Life was simple and one could get into various age-group teams on merit. Can that happen today? That's a million-dollar question, literally. Is it not?

(The writer is an MP and a former India cricketer)

A day after being stunned by a television sting that has raised serious concerns of possible corruption and underhand dealings, particularly in the Indian Premier League, senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials tried to link the conduct of the players caught in the row to
the now-defunct Indian Cricket League.

While the BCCI announced an inquiry and suspended five players who feature in the India TV sting, a senior board official, who watched the footage with the Indian Premier League governing council members on Tuesday, simply put down the "unacceptable conduct" of the cricketers to their past involvement in the rebel league.

"It cannot be a coincidence that four of the five players who have been caught off guard were a part of the ICL, that too in the same team," a Board insider who was involved in all the telephonic discussions, told HT.

Instead of probing further and finding the root-cause of the malaise, the cricket board appeared to divert the issue.

"There could be a case of the players getting introduced to these guys (undercover reporters) during their ICL days. After all, you don't open up to anyone whom you have met for the first or second time."

Barring Amit Yadav, the others suspended - TP Sudhindra, Mohnish Mishra, Shalabh Srivastava and Abhinav Bali - played for Delhi Giants in the ICL. A number of Indian cricketers were barred from playing domestic cricket for joining the league and were allowed to return to the BCCI-fold only after two years in the wilderness.

The BCCI biggies, trying to paint a rosy picture of the board, pointed to the conduct of some of the other domestic players trapped in the sting operation. "Players like Samad Fallah (Maharashtra, Rajasthan Royals), Bhargav Bhatt (Baroda, Kings XI Punjab) and Rajat Bhatia (Delhi, Kolkata Knight Riders) conducted themselves very well and have come out clean," an insider revealed.

India TV claimed on Monday it had conducted a sting operation in which many IPL players had confessed on hidden camera that they got much more than their prescribed auction money under the table. According to the channel, the sting also revealed that spot-fixing is not only prevalent in IPL but also in first-class matches and that women played an important role in match-fixing.

"We have never paid any amount in cash or otherwise to Mohnish Mishra or any other player over and above the maximum amount permissible by BCCI and neither do we believe in this practice of giving black money," said Pune Warriors India managing director Sushanto Roy in a media release.

Former cricketers demanded the truth be unearthed without wasting any time.

Kirti Azad, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, said: "They won't go after the franchises. "Why have they (franchises), who have paid extra, not been suspended until Sawani has come out with his report? Nothing will come out of this enquiry.

"It will be forgotten in some days." "Stakeholders involved should be responsible in their actions as it affects the image of the game," said Balwinder Singh Sandhu.

Turning wicked
Suspension isn't enough; BCCI should get to the bottom of the IPL scandal

Manish Pandey's Mercedes often finds a mention when the Indian Premier League's fringe players — those suffering from bouts of self-pity — indulge in bitter bickering. This happens to be a piece of trivia squeezed out of India TV's sting operation that primarily focuses on the possibility of spot-fixing in the high-stakes league.

As the BCCI, after reviewing the candid-camera tapes, decided to suspend five players, it seems to have missed the more disturbing facts concealed in the small talk surrounding Pandey's big car. For the chatter among the disgruntled seniors, who despised the talented 22-year-old's luxury, can't be dismissed as mere professional jealously. There are several layers to this seemingly everyday talk.

The spate of full tosses during the endless string of close games this season has seen the purists, the paranoid and even the punters casually talk about some seedy syndicates running the IPL show. But the slander has rarely been backed by hearty conviction or hard facts. The recent grainy frames of cricketers on television do make some headway in the pursuit of truth, but still they aren't conclusive. The IPL equivalent of a Mohammad Amir still remains elusive.

What the exposé seems to succeed in catching on camera is the murky labyrinth of IPL finances and dubious deals that the players, agents and owners get into. It's a bazaar of bizarre negotiations where lesser players haggle for astronomical amounts, which the owners oblige to for unknown reasons. The cricket-circuit grapevine was always rife with talk of a few deep-pockets franchise owners offering extra cash, cars, plush bungalows and jobs as perks to domestic players, who at best are officially entitled to a maximum of Rs 30 lakh per season. For many, the sting operation has put a stamp of conformity over what was just loose talk.

The brashness in their tone in the video while mentioning their unreasonable price tags and the revolting nonchalance when insisting on the blackness in their respective deals only show that the league's players have mastered this shady money game. Here Pune Warriors batsman Mohnish Mishra, without an iota of anxiety, speaks about the Rs 1.15 crore he "earns" from his under-the-table deal. On the same note, Kings XI Punjab's Shalabh Srivastava wants half his payment of Rs 1 crore, which the undercover reporters have held out as bait, in black. For the uninitiated, Mishra's domestic T20 average is 21, while 30-year-old Srivastava is a certified has-been.

What makes the water muddier is the fact that the Great IPL Market continues to honour such exorbitant demands by insignificant players. The situation is puzzling since the franchise owners repeatedly make pleas to the board for concessions — blaming the escalating annual cost of running the team.

So the big question is: why is there a desperate demand for such spent forces? That's what the IPL governing council should ask itself. Handing out penalties (suspensions from all forms of cricket) is only half the job done. Only action against owners, if they are found guilty, can clean the real mess.

In case the BCCI is keen to get its house in order, it should take the help of law-enforcement agencies and follow up on the sting. To begin with, the board's committee that is set up to look into the scandal can check if Pandey actually has a Mercedes. If he does, then the next obvious step is to find out who paid for it. And in case the franchise footed the bill, it too should come under the purview of the probe. The checks and balances that the BCCI put in place have so far proved to be utterly ineffective. The salary cap system has become irrelevant.

The high-profile owners enjoy a distinct advantage since the IPL, as promised at its inception, doesn't really provide a level-playing field. Player retention has been a prickly issue and that too needs to be more transparent. The close study of player-owner contracts shouldn't just stop with the likes of Pandey, Srivastava or Mishra. Why not make the icon players' salaries public as well?

But therein lies the problem. When the president of the BCCI himself owns an IPL franchise, lines blur and probes could run into walls.

BCCI cannot escape blame
On February 3, this paper had carried a story about an International Cricket Council-commissioned report on anti-corruption reforms.

The report, submitted to the world body by a former Hong Kong solicitor general, said that the IPL had increased the risk of match-fixing in cricket. The reaction of the IPL officials, surprisingly, was muted to these adverse observations.

"These are general and generic observations," rubbished a high-ranking IPL official.

Like the cat that drinks milk with its eyes closed, the BCCI and IPL officials wantonly stay blind to the happenings around them. Either they were recklessly complacent or deliberately indifferent that everything is hunky-dory in a tournament in which corporate houses and businessmen have high stakes. Money means little here and the owners are known to go to any extent to have their way. Rs30 crore was paid to acquire a player of limited abilities.

The BCCI has also contributed to the present state of affairs. It has not learnt the lessons from Pakistan where misguided youth have fallen prey to the lure of easy money. The IPL is a tournament of youngsters but there is no programme of counselling the players. The young and modestly-educated players are not taught how to handle success, fame, failure and instant rewards. Anil Kumble had submitted a proposal to this effect but it was reportedly shot down on the grounds that it was too expensive. The richest cricket body in the world can surely afford this programme that can only enhance the credibility of its tournament.

Some of the IPL rules also gravely encourage non-transparency and unlawful practices. To begin with, the sanctity of the $9 million salary cap has systematically been demolished by the BCCI by allowing the franchises to have their own arrangement with "retained" players. We will never know the salaries of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, etc.

Then, by not bringing some "experienced" uncapped players into the auction, they have encouraged the underhand dealings. A Manish Pandey would have reason to be aggrieved if he is entitled to only Rs30 lakh for being an uncapped player when a three-match capped player like Saurabh Tiwary draws Rs8 crore.

The IPL could have easily avoided the murky dealings that are being exposed now. If it had not foreseen the latest turn of events, the men in charge are either incompetent or naive.

Either way it is not good for the health of Indian cricket. The BCCI cannot escape blame for this.

India | Posted on May 15, 2012 at 09:07am IST

India TV spot-fixing sting operation: Corruption, black money haunt IPL

New Delhi: The dark shadow of corruption is back to haunt cricket. This time, there are allegations even of black money in the Indian Premier League (IPL). A sting operation by a national TV channel India TV claims to have uncovered the lid on spot-fixing, and also black money deals in the IPL.
The Board of Control of cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that it will examine the footage of the sting operation and won't tolerate corruption.
In its official press release, the BCCI announced that the entire footage of the 'sting operation' will be sought and examined thoroughly. The IPL Governing Council will also meet on an emergency basis to review the footage and take an appropriate action.
The BCCI said that it has asked the Governing Council of the IPL for a tele-conferencing of the governing council to go into this matter. "We will act to show that this is not tolerated," the BCCI said.
The BCCI said that it would not tolerate any violation of regulations and any act of corruption.
BCCI chief N Srinivasan has said, "We will have to see the tapes. If there is any truth in it, we will act, even if it means suspending the player immediately. But this has to based on some evidence and fact. We will act to show this is not tolerated. IPL, we believe is clean. But if there is a shred of evidence, we will take the strictest possible action."
"We will ensure that the integrity of the game is protected. BCCI believes in the integrity of the game. We will take the strictest possible action. We will have to have the tapes and the moment we see it, whoever is the player, we will take very very strict action."
"IPL, we believe is clean. We have got the Anti-Corruption Unit covering it. They are the in-charge of the security. We have got Ravi Swami, who was heading BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit to take it up for us."
"People can make allegations. But if there is any shred of evidence, we will take action.
The sting operation alleges murky deals in the IPL and suggests that many players have confessed to under the table transactions. The sting operation also alleges involvement of Indian cricket stars, international players and even team owners. The TV channel reports of match fixing as well.
The channel claimed that an IPL player confessed that he was getting Rs.1.45 crore from its owner whereas he was in the Rs 30 lakh slab. It named an IPL player, claiming he had bowled a no-ball in last year's first class match on the insistence of the channel's reporter. He had also assured to change his team in future if he was paid Rs.60 lakh, the channel said.
Another player demanded Rs 10 lakh for bowling a no-ball in an IPL match, it said.
The channel said a pattern has emerged where a particular bowler pitches easy deliveries and there are dropped catches.
(With additional information from PTI)
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