A member of India’s 2011 World Cup winning team is under suspicion of having links with a match fixing syndicate, reported by the Indian Express.
The above said syndicate arranged a domestic T20 tournament in Jaipur last July titled Rajputana Premier League (RPL). The tournament which came under the scrutiny of BCCI’s Anti – Corruption Security Unit (ACSU) and was investigated by Rajasthan Police.
Former television right holders of Indian cricket Neo Sports telecast the tournament live.
The tournament witnessed a bizarre array of playing like a bowler gave away eight byes bowling wide deliveries in the final over.
According to Rajasthan Police, the syndicate has business links with one of the former Indian cricketers who represented the country in all three formats of the game. The cricketers, was seen witnessing the game sitting on sidelines during the tournament.
Therefore, police arrested 14 persons including organizers, cricketers, umpires and bookies containing cash, mobile phones and laptops from four Jaipur hotels in that month for suspected betting and fixing activities linked to the tournament.
Additional DGP CID (Crime) Pankaj Kumar Singh said as quoted by the Indian Express, “We are currently probing links between private entities, those who are part of the cricket fraternity and officials. We will take action if there is evidence that links them to corruption.”
“This is a new methodology bookies and fixers have come up with. They host a private T20 tournament, select a venue and arrange to have it telecast. Because if you telecast it, then the bookie community and betting community gets involved and everyone sitting in a drawing room can bet,” Kumar had said.