At a time when the teams and the fans are bracing up for the most exciting part of the ongoing tenth edition of the Indian Premier League, the menace of spot-fixing has raised its ugly head once again. The Kanpur police recently arrested three bookies and after one of them alleged that that two Gujarat Lions players were in touch with them, the police wants to question two players over the whole matter.
The police, on Thursday (May 11), had arrested the three bookies from a hotel where Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils teams were staying after playing the match at the Green Park stadium. The three accused were identified as Ramesh Nayan Shah, a businessman from Thane Mumbai, Ramesh Kumar of Chunnigunj Kanpur and Vikas Chauhan of Pukhrayan, Kanpur Dehat.
During the interrogation, Ramesh Nayan Shah had claimed that two Gujarat Lions players were in touch with him. The cops claimed that Shah had sent a WhatsApp message to another Ajmer-based bookie named Bunty that that the players were set and were ready to follow the bookies’ instructions. In another message, Shah had even mentioned that Gujarat Lions would lose the match even after scoring 200 runs. The Lions had gone on to lose the match in a dramatic fashion even after posting a mammoth 195. With 9 runs needed from the final over, Amit Mishra had sealed the game in Delhi’s favour by hitting two consecutive boundaries.
“We have got some names but they not confirmed. We will question players whose names we have got,” Kanpur Senior Superintendent of Police, Akash Kulhari, was quoted as saying by news website.
The bookies had also reportedly claimed that the match was fixed but the BCCI had stated otherwise. The police were successful in arresting the trio only after being informed by the anti-corruption unit of the BCCI and although reports are suggesting that the match was fixed, the Indian cricket board disagrees with it.
“The Anti-Corruption Unit of the BCCI has been tracking activities of certain individuals, as a result of which, three suspects were arrested in Kanpur, on Thursday. The Uttar Pradesh Police Crime Branch could successfully foil the alleged betting attempts of the accused. This was an outcome of the ACU of the BCCI, having worked closely with various law enforcement agencies, who will continue further investigations, in this matter,” a BCCI’s statement stated.