IPhone awarded to the cricketers in exchange for KPL match-fixing in India
The iPhone was given to the players to fix the match in Karnataka Premier League (KPL) in India. A cricketer from KPL revealed that explosive information on Saturday.
Recently six people associated with KPL had been arrested for fixing charges. Of these, four were cricketers, one coach and one franchise owner. Then many of the cricketers playing in this T20 league had been opening their mouths. As a result, new information is coming out.
One cricketer claimed,
“I was told by a cricketer that I should meet a person. In exchange, iPhone will be rewarded. There was a coach whose job was to carry a bag-filled iPhone for distribution among the cricketers.”
“When they realized that some would not be fixing by any means, they were wary,” said a cricketer who has been playing since the first edition of KPL in 2009.
Former head of The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), Ravi Sawani was the head of the Karnataka Premier League’s corruption department last season. He was previously the anti-corruption unit chief of ICC. Sawani said bookies and fixers had offered cricketers many times to get information about the match.
In his words, “Management has to make it public. We monitor this on a daily basis. Whenever there is an issue, it is reported.’
One cricketer said, “In fact, the cricketers do not want to report when there is a problem in the head. Even if anyone don’t want to do the fixing himself, it’s not easy to report if the coaches and the owners are involved. Like, my captain was honest. But he understood that something was wrong with the group. And so at the very last moment he knew who was playing in the main eleven.”
One franchise official said: “The skipper dropped a senior cricketer as his batting slowed down. Later it was understood that the run was being slowed at will. Because that’s what those involved with fixing wanted.”
“The captain dropped a senior cricketer for slow batting. The captain thought it was due to bad form. Later he realized that slow batting is actually part of the fixing.”
Another cricketer said: “My team captain waited for instructions on what to do to win the toss. Batting or bowling- The captain was waiting for the instructions on what to do if you win the toss.”