There is no shortcut to success. The police on Sunday booked a Pakhowal resident for allegedly duping a junior at his cricket academy of R2 lakhs by promising a spot in an IPL team, Pune Warriors.
The victim, Sivaji Nagar resident Kuljit Bhatia, has alleged that his senior instead used the money to play a tournament in Australia. The police are yet to arrest the accused and had filed the case two months after Bhatia had approached them for help.
Such was the shock that the young cricket trainee underwent, following the ordeal, that he quit the sport. "I have left cricket now. He approached me in December 2010. I thought it was a genuine opportunity as my senior had played several tournaments abroad," Bhatia said.
"He also used to play for a Delhi-based cricket club," Bhatia said.
Bhatia, who has now joined his father's business, said the accused had returned him Rs 1.65 lakh. "We are trying to track down the accused and action will be taken soon," assistant sub-inspector Tarlok Chand of division number-6 police station said.