33 cricketer aspirants fall victim to online fraud of IPL selection

SANDIPAN GHOSH / 17 January 2016

Once again IPL is in controversy. As many as 33 cricket aspirants fall victim to an online fraud on the behalf of IPL selection.

According to a report in the Times of India, on the basis of a social media Facebook post, 33 cricketers arrived at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium at Khandheri, Rajkot on Friday to compete for a place in the recently-launched Rajkot IPL team.

As per a Facebook post, the selection camp was to be held on 15, 16 and 17 January 2016 at SCA stadium in Rajkot. The page admin, who identified himself as Raju Ram, asked the aspirants to deposit trial fees ranging from Rs. 500 to Rs. 3,000 for the selection camp.   

Himanshu Shah, governing body member, SCA told TOI, “We explained to the boys that selection for such tournaments are not done through FB or social media. Any announcement of selection camps is advertised on our website.”

The aspirants came from the various places as Delhi, Noida, Pune, Nagpur, Surat, Mumbai, Kerala etc.

One of the aspirant cricketers Sandeep Mehta, who came from Delhi, said, “I saw the FB page and called on the mobile number mentioned in it. I was told to deposit Rs 500 which I transferred to the said account.”

Another aspirant cricketer Yash who came from Noida, said, “I have been cheated. The person called Raju Ram told us that the selection camp for IPL will be held for three days and I came all the way from Noida.”

Rajkot is one of the two new IPL team who will feature in the IPL just for the 2016 and 2017 due to the suspension of two IPL teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). The other IPL team is from Pune. Intex Technology owned Rajkot team while Sanjiv Goenka’s New Rising owned the new Pune team.

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