Young cricketers forced to bribe for places in Ranji teams, BCCI files complaints

The BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has alleged that aspiring young cricketers were fished to give bribes for having places in state teams in Ranji Trophy last season.

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Delhi police has registered an FIR against 11 people, including coaches and state cricket board officials, for allegedly duping young cricketers to hush money of the sum of as big as Rs 80 lakh on the pretext of getting them selected in Ranji Trophy teams.

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It is reported that the players were told they would be selected for North Eastern teams and other domestic tournaments.

The case of cheating was registered after BCCI’s regional integrity manager of its Anti-Corruption Unit Anshuman Upadhyay stated that they have received three complaints from Kanishk Gaur and Kishan Attri of Rohini and Shivam Sharma from Gurgaon.

“Upadhyay told us that he had received three complaints from aspiring cricketers, Kanishk Gaur, Kishan Attri and Shivam Sharma. The players said they were promised places in the Nagaland, Manipur and Jharkhand teams. They were even given documents that said they were selected for these teams although it turned out they were forged papers,”

a police officer said.

According to Delhi police statement, Gaur was approached by a cricket coach last year who offered him to play in the Ranji Trophy team of Nagaland as a guest player.

He later called him to meet the official coach of the Nagaland cricket team and some members of their board. He was asked to pay Rs 15 lakh for five matches, the officer said.

But after playing two matches for the under-19 team of Nagaland, he was restraint from participating in any more matches.

By the time Gaur was inquired the reason, he was told that his selection letter was forged, the officer said.

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