Corruption rears its ugly head, to ruin sports once again. Times Now Network summed the situation up beautifully:
“[Cheating] A Billion People.”
Three players from the Rajasthan Royals–a club in the Indian Premier League–were arrested and taken into five-day custody for alleged match-fixing. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan were accused of spot-fixing overs(sets of six balls that a bowler bowls consecutively) from three separate IPL matches. Of the men in question, Sreesanth is somewhat of an icon in Indian cricket, having played in 90 matches for team India.
Royals captain Rahul Dravid said he was “shocked, devastated, and distressed,” upon hearing the news of the scandal. The Royals have stated that they will comply with and assist authorities in the investigation The Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI, will discuss the issue Sunday, and are working with. The Royals went through with their scheduled natch Friday, playing the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Delhi police taped phone conversation the players had with bookies from the Mumbai Underworld. They waited until the fixings took place, and subsequently arrested the trio. Police suspect the bookies to have links to Dawood Ibrahim, a criminal who appeared on Forbes’ Top 10 Most Wanted. Ironically, one of the bookies was a former Royals player, let go by the team last season.
Since its creation in 2008, the IPL has faced several controversies. Former commissioner Lalit Modi was charged for 22 accounts of impropriety, when he released confidential names of stakeholders of the Kochi Tuskers.
The details are shocking. The names are devastating. The possible involvement of Dawood Ibrahim sends chills down one’s spine. However, none is mroe hurt than the Royals fan, and the fan of cricket. Unfortunately, they can no longer trust the product on the field, as Indian corruption has taken roots in cricket. The IPL will go on, and those around the situation will eventually put it to bed. Ominously, cricket in India may face plagues of match-fixing scandals in the future, if this one is not handled properly.
From everyone of Philadelphia Sports Nation, condolences go out to Rajasthan Royals supporter as well as lovers of cricket. They are the one’s most hurt by the selfish, corrupt acts that have contaminated the game they dearly love.