Ankit Chavan 'breaks down, confesses to spot-fixing'

  • Agencies, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 17, 2013 21:16 IST

Rajasthan Royals players Rahul Dravid and Ankeet Chavan in action during the practice session ahead of their T20 league match with Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium. (Kunal Patil/HT file photo)

Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ankit Chavan was the first to break down under interrogation by Delhi Police and has accepted his role in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the T20 tournament on Thursday.

"One of the cricketers, Ankit Chavan, has accepted that he made a mistake," a Delhi police official.

Chavan's other two Rajasthan Royals teammates Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, however, have not yet accepted the charges.

According to media report, Chavan said that he had done a big mistake by falling into the trap of booking and relenting to their allurement.

Reportedly, Chavan was reluctant in the beginning but could not resist the temptation as the bookies kept on increasing the inducement.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police is investigating whether spot-fixing took place in matches involving Rajasthan Royals in the T20 League other than the three matches in which three of its players were allegedly involved.

Police sources on Friday said so far concrete evidence has emerged only in three matches on May five, nine and 15 and three players -- Sreeshant, Ajit Chandela and Ankeet Chavan -- were arrested, besides 11 bookies.

It has also come to light that Amit Singh, one of the bookies arrested, had played for Rajasthan Royals in the previous T20 season.

A senior police official said telephone conversations have indications about spot-fixing in other matches but the investigators have not been able to concretely prove that as of now.

"We are collecting evidence," the official said, adding role of other players have not come to light. He said, however, the police are not ruling out any possibility as of now as investigations are still on.

Sreesanth and two other bowlers were arrested in a post-midnight operation in Mumbai on Thursday by the Delhi Police for spot-fixing IPL matches for payments of upto Rs 60 lakhs just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

The arrested cricketers and the bookies were remanded in police custody for five days by a Delhi court on Thursday for questioning in connection with the case.

Advocate Deepak Prakash, who had appeared for Sreesanth, had told reporters that the cricketer was innocent and that he had been framed in the case.

(IANS inputs)


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