Spot-fixing: BCCI sets up own probe, will go by its report
The crucial BCCI working committee meeting today spelled out a standard course of action by ordering a fresh probe into spot-fixing charges against three Rajasthan Royals' players and appointed its anti-corruption chief Ravi Sawani as the probe commissioner. Vivek Sharma reports. 'BCCI is handicapped against bookies’india Updated: May 19, 2013 19:36 IST
The crucial BCCI working committee meeting on Sunday spelled out a standard course of action by ordering a fresh probe into spot-fixing charges against three Rajasthan Royals' players and appointed its anti-corruption chief Ravi Sawani as the probe commissioner.
Addressing reporters at Chennai, BCCI chairman N Srinivasan said the probe committee would submit the report into the spot-fixing allegations against the players and then the guilty would be punished.
"We shall seek support from the Delhi Police during the probe," he said and clarified "everybody is innocent till proved guilty".
Asked what if the police probe finds the trio guilty, Srinivasan said, "We will go by our probe report."
Henceforth all player agents have to be accredited and the access to cricketers will be closely monitored, he said spelling out the future course of action. All IPL teams will have anti-corruption unit officials, he said and added the board has decided to intensify educating the players so that they understand the consequences of such mistakes.
"We also invited the Rajasthan Royals owners and management to attend the meeting and brief the Working Committee on this incident. We were informed that they intend to file a police complaint against the three players," he said.
To a question, he said so far there had been no incidence of other players' involvement in the spot-fixing. "The probe isn't over yet," he said and added, "Each team will have its own anti-corruption special unit officer," he said.
He said, "As we are not a police organisation, we are not in a position to control the bookies: We have requested Delhi police to give us more information to conduct our domestic inquiry."
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have informed the BCCI that they intended to file an FIR against the three players.