Abhinav Bali is known as one of the most talented Delhi cricketers not to have played for the state. Subsequently, he had to move to Himachal Pradesh. Just before the TV sting operation got him into trouble, Bali was trying for an IPL contract for next year. Despite his good showing in the Ranji Trophy Plate League this season, he couldn't find any takers this year.
However, the sting operation has brought his career to a halt. With no job backup, a serious verdict could put him in a fix. His father, Sanjeev Bali, has been running helter-skelter, trying to get to the root of what happened.
"We are pursuing this matter with care. We have full faith in the BCCI and will speak to them on the issue and cooperate with them," said Sanjeev.
Like Bali, the other players caught in the sting are also waiting to depose before the BCCI.
While Uttar Pradesh's Shalabh Srivastava has already appeared before the BCCI and clarified his stand, the others are lying low and waiting for the Board to decide. TP Sudhindra, who was caught on sting trying to fix a no-ball, has gone back to his hometown Bhilai and is waiting for things to become clearer. Both he and his mentor, Rajesh Chauhan, were unavailable for comment.
A former player says, "He (Sudhindra) seems to have extended his leg too far down the crease to make the no ball look natural. He'll have to give a solid explanation to the BCCI."
Sudhindra's MP teammate, Mohnish Mishra, seems to have been caught by a lie that turned into a nightmare. While the camera caught him on tape, the amount mentioned seems unbelievable to his acquaintances.
Most people HT spoke to don't agree that a player like Mohnish would have got an amount over R1 crore under the table. "If the franchise was so desperate, why would they play him in just one game this season," said an acquaintance.