‘Every cricket match that people watch is fixing’
Bookie Sanjeev Chawla, accused in a cricket match-fixing case in 2000, has given an explosive new piece of information to the Delhi Police.
“No cricket match is played properly,” he said during cross-examination. “Every cricket match that people watch is fixing.” This was reported by Indian Sports, a sports medium called Cricket Next.
“A big syndicate/underworld mafia affects every cricket match,” said bookie Sanjeev. He even compares those matches on the field to movies, indicating that what is seen as a movie is being directed by someone else.
In an unwritten statement, he added that the target of the mafia group that controls world cricket is now G Ramgopal Naik, a crime branch officer who has started an investigation into the corruption. Chawla even said his own life was in crisis.
Special CP (Crime) Praveer Ranjan said, “This matter is still going on, so we can’t give any details now.”
Accused Sanjeev is not helping in the investigation, Delhi Police said in an additional chargesheet. This proves that he is involved in this crime.
The statement further said how Chawla was involved in match-fixing. In other words, the chargesheet describes how match-fixing was done during South Africa’s India tour in 2000. Police also have audio recordings of Chawla’s conversation with former Proteas captain Hansie Cronje, who died in a plane crash in 2002, at the time.