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Transcripts of tapped conversations between players, bookies

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 16, 2013
First Published: 20:15 IST(16/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:54 IST(16/5/2013)

Here are the excerpts of the tapped conversations between bookies and IPL cricketers read out by the Delhi Police during a press conference in New Delhi announcing the arrest of three players and 11 bookies allegedly involved in spot-fixing:

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* The first conversation was before a match between Pune Warriors and Rajasthan Royals on May 5 allegedly between player Ajit Chandila and a bookie 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 my both T-shirts up and down and will then look up before starting the over.

In this 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," Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar told reporters.

* 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 any thing 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 between players Chandila and Amit Chavan before Wednesday's match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. Chandila was not playing and allegedly "motivated" Chavan convincing him to give away at least 13 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 would give away 14 or more runs whenever he bowls his second over. One of them said that they would talk about further details over BBM messages.


**Secret pre-decided signals used by players to give a pre-indication to the bookies about the execution of their deals:
 
*Rotating wristband
*Rotating wristwatch
*Tuck a towel in the trouser
*Pulling t-shirts up and down
*Taking out locket or neck chain
*Taking out t-shirt or vest
*Looking up in the sky before starting the over
*Doing some warm-up and stretching exercise before beginning the over
 
Prominent faces involved:
 
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth: A right-arm fast-medium-pace bowler who has played for India. In first class cricket, he plays for Kerala and in the T20 League, he plays for Rajasthan Royals. Sreesanth took Rs. 40 lakh from bookies through his close friend Jiju Janardhan for under performing in the second over his spell during the match between Rajasthan Royals and King’s XI Punjab on May 9.
 
Ajit Chandila: An off spin bowler from Haryana’s Faridabad, Chandlila plays for Rajasthan Royals currently but was previously known for his performance for the Air India North Zone team. Chandila was promised Rs. 40 lakh and was paid Rs. 20 lakh in advance for giving 14 runs in the second over of his spell during the match between Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors on May 5.
 
Ankeet Chavan: A cricketer who plays for Mumbai in Indian domestic cricket. He is an all-rounder who is a left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He plays for Rajasthan Royals in the T20 league. He took Rs. 60 lakh through Chandila and bookies for giving 13 or more runs in the second over of his spell during the match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians on May 15.
 
Jiju Janardhan: A close friend of Sreesanth and a small-time cricketer who reportedly played with him for the same club in Kerala. Jiju, who hails from Kerala, was now acting as a conduit between bookies and Sreesanth.
 
Chandresh Patel: A resident of Mumbai, Patel is a bookie who was in touch with Jiju for contacting Sreesanth for the deal.
 
Amit Kumar: A resident of Ahmedabad, Amit is a bookie who had struck a deal with Chandlila for under performing in an over in the match.
 
Deepak Kumar: A bookie from Patiala, Punjab

Rakesh alias Rocky: A bookie from Rohini in Delhi

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