IPL spot-fixing story: The money,honey,tucked towel and a ‘dud’ forgotten signal

Excerpts of the tapped conversations,purportedly between bookies and IPL cricketers.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Published: May 17, 2013 2:13 am

The disgusting story of greed,deception and everything that is not sportsman-like continues to unravel in investigations into the spot-fixing scandal.

It has also emerged that it seems it wasn’t just money — up to Rs 60 lakh for bowling a crooked over — that was on offer to the Royals players. The transcripts of phone conversations tapped by the police allegedly contain evidence to suggest that the arrested bookies also supplied at least two of the cricketers with women

The conversations reveal that two bookies,Manan and Chand,”arranged” women for Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila on at least three occasions,top Delhi Police officers said.

A third player,also of the Rajasthan Royals,too accepted the services of escorts provided by the bookies,the transcripts reveal. But this player was apparently not involved in spot-fixing. Biju alias Jiju,the alleged go-between who has been described as a friend of Sreesanth’s,too apparently availed of the escorts’ services.

Both Sreesanth and Biju had women with them when they were picked up by the police in Mumbai’s Khar area in the early hours of Thursday. The two men had allegedly visited the RG’s nightclub,and were in separate cars.

Excerpts of the tapped conversations,purportedly between bookies and IPL cricketers,read out by the Delhi Police during a press conference on Thursday:

The first conversation was before a match between Pune Warriors and Rajasthan Royals on May 5,allegedly between player Ajit Chandila and a bookie identified as Amit:

Chandila: Yes,tell me brother. Let me go. I will give the signal. Let the first over go. I will see.

Amit: Do the first over with confidence and with same confidence do the second over for us.

Chandila: Okay,okay. I will do.

Amit: What will be your signal?

Chandila: I will pull both my T-shirts up and down and will then look up before starting the over.

In the over,Chandila,however,forgot to give the signal,but allegedly gave away 14 runs as promised.

“This led to a lot of arguments and demand for return of money (Rs 20 lakh) advanced to him. Another Rs 20 lakh was to be given after the match. Chandila had to return the money,”

said Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

The second conversation was allegedly between Sreesanth’s close friend Jiju Janardhan and a bookie,Chand,before the May 9 match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. Sreesanth was to give away 14 runs in the second over he bowled.

Chand: What will be the signal?

Jiju: I have told him. He will not do anything which is unusual. He will tuck in a towel before bowling the second over.

Chand: Brother please advise him to give us some time before starting the over as we can start our booking.

The third conversation was reportedly between players Chandila and Ankeet Chavan before Wednesday’s match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. Chandila was not playing and allegedly “motivated” Chavan,convincing him to give at least 12 runs in his second over.

Chavan: I am outside.

Chandila: Okay. Should I say yes?

Chavan:Yes,but how much?

Chandila: They are saying 12.

Chavan: No,I don’t think that’s possible. It will be too much.

Chandila: I have given them assurance. It will be done. Should I say yes?

Chavan: Ok. Say yes

Chandila: I have told them 60 (lakh) for one over.

Chavan: Yes ok. I will move my wrist band as an indication.

Police said that in a later call,it was decided that Chavan will give away 14 or more runs whenever he bowls his second over. One of them said that they will talk about further details on BBM.

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