Following arrests in the Karnataka Premier League match-fixing investigation, the Indian cricket board treasurer Arun Dhumal has called for making match-fixing a criminal offense.
At present, there is no strict law in force to deal with the menace of match-fixing in sports. The offenders are generally charged under section 420 and other relevant provisions.
Arun Dhumal, the Board of Control for Cricket in India treasure, has said that making match-fixing a criminal offense will help curb the corruption menace. He was responding to the latest instances of corruption in the leagues run by State cricket associations.
“That’s the problem. We don’t have a law against match-fixing/spot-fixing. The Lodha reforms did nothing, so to say, on this. They had taken a view on everything. They should have put their mind to this also, what needs to be done,” national daily Indian Express has reported Dhumal as saying.
Two Karnataka Premier League cricketers and a team owner are among the six people arrested by Bengaluru Police in connection with spot-fixing in the Karnataka State Cricket Association-run professional league. The KSCA has also suspended a team from the KPL.
Tamil Nadu Premier League, too, was also under the scanner for alleged approaches to the players, coaches and team owners. The instances have officially been reported to the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
The Tamil Nadu Premier League, though, has got a clean chit from a three-member inquiry committee set up by the State cricket administration body.
“These leagues are run by the State cricket associations. But after the incidents that have been portrayed in the media, we have to take a view on this. So far, what we have seen are media reports. But we need to know the facts (from the ACU and state associations). When we meet-up, we have to look into all the aspects and then take a view on how to deal with it,” Dhumal said, adding that it may come up for discussion at the BCCI AGM.