Cricket star Sreesanth arrested in IPL spot fix scandal - video

THREE INDIAN cricket stars who play for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been arrested over corruption claims as the sport is rocked by another spot-fixing scandal.   The players at the centre of the investigation are Indian Test and one-day star S Sreesanth, and his little-known team-mates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila. They were arrested on Wednesday after the Royals' match against Mumbai Indians.   The allegations relate to that game and Rajasthan's other recent matches against Pune Warriors and Punjab King's XI earlier this month. The three players have all been suspended by the Indian cricket authority, the BCCI, which said it was "shocked and saddened" by the arrests.   Indian media reported that the players were caught in a Delhi police investigation into match fixing which involved extensive phone taps. Eight bookmakers were also arrested in Mumbai and Delhi – one of them is said to be a cousin of Sreesanth. Two other suspects are on the run.   "The police team had waited to get proper evidence against the players and let go of two opportunities earlier even though they had prima facie proof of spot-fixing... The cops have recovered money and proof of transaction between players and bookies," reported the Times of India.   At a press conference Delhi police played footage from the match against Kings XI in which Sreesanth tucked a towel into his trousers as a signal to the bookies to start betting on the next over. His over began after 21 minutes of the match (see video, below).   "There was an agreement between the bookies and a player that in a certain over they will give away a minimum amount of runs. The bookies also gave the players the directions ... to indicate they are ready to give away those runs," said police chief Neeraj Kumar, according to Cricinfo.   BCCI president N Srinivasan told the website that the IPL, which has been dogged by allegations of corruption, would carry on, even though the latest accusations will overshadow the remainder of the sixth season of the competition. "I do not agree the IPL cannot continue. We will take all steps to root out this kind of corruption," he said.   Other big names have been drawn into the scandal after Sreesanth's father accused Indian cricket legends MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh of trying to "frame" his son. "They are trying to ruin my son," he said, according to IBN Live.


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