BCCI to huddle amid a crisis of credibility

A day after three Rajasthan Royals cricketers were arrested for their alleged involvement in spot fixing,the Indian cricket board has convened an emergency meeting of its working committee in Chennai on Sunday.

Written by Agencies | New York | Published: May 18, 2013 3:08 am

A day after three Rajasthan Royals cricketers were arrested for their alleged involvement in spot fixing,the Indian cricket board has convened an emergency meeting of its working committee in Chennai on Sunday.

“The Working Committee will discuss,among other things,the fallout of the spot-fixing controversy in the ongoing IPL,in which three players have been arrested by the Delhi Police,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement

Despite the investigations being ongoing,it is expected that the BCCI might dole out life bans to the cricketers to send out a strong message. “These players have tarnished the image of the game so much that it would take a long time for us to restore it,” a BCCI source is said to have told Cricinfo. “It would be prudent to act swiftly and not lose the BCCI’s and Indian cricket’s credibility any further.”

Important Actions

Meanwhile IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said: “We will be taking some important decisions (at the working committee meeting). The strongest possible action will be taken against the guilty. Whoever is found to be involved in spot-fixing will not be spared.”

He added that BCCI’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU),headed by Ravi Sawani has been asked to investigate the matter. “If we have (Ravi) Sawani’s preliminary report by Sunday,we will go through it and discuss it,” Shukla said.

ACSU at the meeting

“We do not have resources of a state,of a government,of police or an agency. We function on certain limitations… We have a Working Committee meeting and we will look into all aspects. We will hear from our own Anti-Corruption Unit on that day. We will wait to get all the information,” said N Srinivasan,head of the BCCI.

“There are protocols in place and if a player breaches the protocol and something like this comes out,we will take severe action,” he said.

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