IPL 2013 May 19, 2013

BCCI to regulate player agents

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Indian board has outlined its first detailed response to the spot-fixing controversy, which includes an accreditation process for player agents and increased security for teams during the IPL. The plan was announced by BCCI president N Srinivasan after a meeting of its working committee on Sunday, three days after three Rajasthan Royals players were arrested on charges related to corruption in cricket.

The BCCI also appointed a commission of an inquiry into the spot-fixing, to be headed by its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) chief Ravi Sawani. He will present his findings to the BCCI's disciplinary committee, after which the Indian board will decide what action to take on the three players.

Srinivasan also said that Rajasthan Royals will file a police complaint against three of their players arrested earlier this week on allegations of spot-fixing. He said the BCCI itself will not press legal charges. "We are advised that the BCCI by itself cannot because they (the players) are contracted to the franchise, the franchise is filing."

In a statement issued by Royals on Sunday, the franchise said they would file FIRs to help the police carry out the investigation. "It is critical that this evil is rooted out of the game, and as such we will be filing FIRs with the Delhi Police. This will ensure that justice is pursued to its most complete end, and that the police is able to appropriately conduct its investigation."

Betting on sports, except horse-racing, is illegal in India and since the controversy broke, there have been demands for legalising betting, but Srinivasan wasn't sure that would solve the problem. "In other countries they have legalised betting and it has helped control ... but I do not know as far as India is concerned."

Srinivasan also acknowledged the limitations of the ACSU in stopping corruption in cricket. "They can't gather information like police can. They can't tap phones. They have got a lot of restrictions," he said. "Not being a police organisation, we are handicapped when it comes to control over bookies."

The BCCI meeting was convened after three cricketers playing in the IPL - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - were arrested by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing. Amit Singh, a former Royals cricketer, was arrested as a bookie.

BCCI had suspended the four cricketers, pending enquiry, after the controversy occurred. The three Royals players were arrested on Thursday by Delhi Police for allegedly indulging in spot-fixing during three IPL matches. The Delhi Police also arrested several bookies for their role in the matter.

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  • Keith on May 23, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    At last, the BCCI responds to the pressure of events! These steps, long overdue as they may be, put the lie to the assertion that cricket authorities are helpless in the face of corruption and must rely on government to secure results. The inadequacy of response from the Indian legislature and judiciary are clear signs that such reliance is fundamentally wrongheaded. Cricket, like some other types of sport, is international in character (hence the name of the ODI and the status of players on national sides), yet they operate in a world lacking anything approaching proper international governance. The only sensible way to proceed is for ICC through its key national boards, particularly the BCCI, to grasp the nettle and institute steps such as BCCI have now launched, and which BCCI can now be in a strong position to sponsor in the ICC. BCCI can quickly go from "zero to hero" at this potentially decisive turning point in cricket governance, if it keeps moving in positive directions.

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    As is usually the case with cricket's authorities, they are reacting to something which should have been foreseen. For goodness sakes, we've already had well-documented cases of spot-fixing, so to have not taken any precautions at the outset was negligent of the BCCI. It's now a case of sorting out the mess and hoping like hell that the problem isn't more any more deeply rooted than it appears.

  • Rajkumar on May 20, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Have to say this is as ambiguous as it can get given the seriousness of the crisis which has evolved over the past week. Although credit should be given to BCCI for 'not playing to the public' by handing life bans/such punishments immediately to the tainted players, more concrete suggestions and regulatory measures should have been declared. For eg FIFA has sought the help of Interpol to deal with this menace. Since the network spreads across nations how much action can the Delhi police take against the bookies in Middle East and other places. Also ACU of ICC was barred from monitoring IPL citing their charge was too high (which definitely has contributed to these events; no doubt),will they be a permanent regulatory body in forthcoming IPLs...On what basis is BCCI declaring IPL is untenable just by monitoring players' agents...Well ..agents also can be fixed!!!well....Too little on Time.....need to do MUCH MUCH MORE. .please publish....

  • Dion on May 20, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Cricket needs to announce they will use dummy agents to approach players with fixing offers and then weed out he bad eggs.

    That will make players think twice.

  • Ian on May 19, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    A good idea, but everyone - players, umpires, agents, coaches and anyone else I've missed should be made aware of strong punishments at the outset. A threat of a finite ban of however many years followed by rehabilitation and a return doesn't seem to be sending a strong enough message. Perhaps a lifetime ban from any involvement in the game (including the media) would do the trick.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Really Surprised to note that BCCI being headed by Professionals and Corporate Heads coupled with its own Legal Wing has not visualised this type of Match Fixing and other Illegalities and has not come out with these measures earlier.It is not better late than never before but it is WHY not before when the league is running into millions of dollars.

  • Muhammed on May 19, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    There is no doubt that majority of the cricket bets around the world comes from Asian punters! Regarding the legalization of betting in India, I think it is something to do with the culture. I would say legalizing betting will not help Indian people as they have a tendency of considering betting as a 'money making opportunity' than a entertainment! Anyways, betting is an individual choice and there is no problem in bookies operating legally. A person is taking his chances with the odds published by the bookie which might or might not go in his favour. In any case, he is paying for the excitement he gets out of betting... But if bookies take part in match/spot fixing, this is something called CHEATING. Not only punters get cheated, but also the game itself, payers, team owners and all the fans gets cheated.... it become a crime at the end.........

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Well legalising betting will not stop spot fixing. Spot fixing will fetch good money to only players more than the one who is betting. Even it is cheating the betting people also. For suppose if a bookie collects money from better's by asking question that an x player will do this or not, if set of people bet on that he will not do that then the bookie will give indication to the player to do the thing what they want. In this way they are cheating the betting people also. Anyhow it is shame that players are indulging in these spot fixing even though they are paid very well by franchises. It is good move that BCCI is ready to put some monitoring officers but these officers must not be declared so publicly so that players will hide from these anti corruption officers and do the crime in secret. Hope for best

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