A day after India TVs sting operation indicated spot-fixing and corruption involving players participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL),five cricketers caught on hidden camera were suspended by the BCCI on Tuesday. TP Sudhindra,Shalabh Srivastava,Mohnish Mishra,Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali were suspended from all forms of cricket under the aegis of the BCCI till an official inquiry is completed.
Following an IPL Governing Council meeting,which was attended by BCCI president N Srinivasan,secretary Sanjay Jagdale,joint-secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla,it was decided that Ravi Sawani,a retired CBI officer and a former chief of ICCs Anti Corruption and Security Unit,would be appointed commissioner of the team set-up to conduct the preliminary inquiry.
Sawani is also set to be appointed chief of the BCCIs anti-corruption unit.
As per Rule 32 (ii) of the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the BCCI,the allegations of the players involved in illegal activities,or activities against the interests of the BCCI and the game,will be looked into. The report submitted by the commissioner will then be forwarded to the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI for an inquiry,as per the said rules and regulations, BCCI president Srinivasan said in a statement.
Sudhindra and Mishra,who are part of the Deccan Chargers and the Pune Warriors respectively,have been asked to leave their squads with immediate effect.
Earlier on Tuesday,Shukla said that the IPL governing council had asked the BCCI president to take strict action on those players who were found guilty following the television channels expose.
Since this also involved other matches and previous editions of the IPL,the matter was referred to the BCCI president. Pending enquiry,the five players have been suspended from all cricket activities with immediate effect. We will await the report of the preliminary enquiry,and proper action will be taken after that, Shukla said.