The anti-corruption unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is reportedly probing links between the Tamil Nadu Premier League players, officials and bookies. A team owner, coach and players are reported to be under the BCCI scanner for their alleged links with the bookies and fixers.
An India player, an Indian Premier League regular and a Ranji Trophy coach are among those who figure in an internal investigation by the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), national daily Indian Express has reported adding that the ACU has found rampant corruption in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).
The daily quoting sources involved with the probe has reported that the booking and match-fixers with an illegitimate understanding with a team owner are running “the team in such a way that they make windfall gain in betting”.
The ACU following the legal opinion might lodge a complaint with the State Police.
The ACU chief Ajit Singh, former DGP of Rajasthan, has confirmed to the daily that there were “a few instances when players were approached”.
“These players have informed us and we are checking who have approached them. We are taking statements asking when they were approached, under what circumstances. Usually, the messages come on WhatsApp, so we are trying to establish IDs. We haven’t questioned any team owners, yet.”
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association-owned league features international stars like R Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and Washington Sundar and has Star Sports as its broadcast partner.
Star Sports’ presence and commitment to ensure international level broadcast with a star-studded commentary panel with the likes of Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee, Scott Styris, Simon Doull, Michael Clarke and David Hussey makes the eight-team TNPL India’s most prominent State-level cricket league.
The bookies and fixers have reportedly been in touch with a TNPL team owner, who is under the scanner since last April and had reportedly been paid ₹4 crore for giving the control of the team, paper has reported sources as said. Sessions with major stakeholders of the TNPL and extensive scrutiny of the team in question threw up the name of a first-class cricketer and coach who were ready to toe the fixers’ line for a price. The coach was reportedly presented a diamond set by a bookie based out of Kolkata. The coach is also believed to have asked for an SUV before settling for an amount of ₹25 lakh.