IPL fixing allegations May 20, 2013

Royals suspends contracts of trio

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rajasthan Royals has suspended the contracts of all three of their players who were arrested on allegations of spot-fixing. The three players had already been suspended by the BCCI soon after the controversy came to light.

The franchise has also filed a complaint against the players with the Delhi Police, and said that additional security has been allotted for the team for the playoff stage of the IPL.

"Based on the information provided by the authorities, the contracts of all three players have been suspended pending enquiry," Royals said in a press release. "We have already filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against all three players earlier today."

The extra security for the team follows a decision taken at Sunday's BCCI working committee meeting to provide each team officers from its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

The moves come in the wake of the arrest of three Royals players - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - by the Delhi Police last week on allegations of spot-fixing. Their police custody ends on Monday evening and while the players' lawyers have announced their plan to move for bail, the Delhi Police are likely to apply for extension of the custody.

Meanwhile, Royals have reached the playoff stage of the IPL for the first time since their unexpected run to the title in the inaugural season. Their campaign resumes on Wednesday when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in a knock-out game. "The team has re-grouped itself after the shocking events of last week and are preparing for the playoffs," the franchise's chairman, Ranjit Barthakur, said.

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  • Cyril on May 21, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Suspending the players is essential to maintaining the integrity of the whole competition. The BCCI should have taken the lead here and not left the decision to RR.

    If the players are found not guilty, then they will be compensated, so suspension is just.

  • Murali on May 21, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Before selecting a player BCCI should en quire all the details of him, and his family back ground.. we lost reputation because of him..

  • Mohamed on May 21, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    IPL is a gambling starting from the Player Auction. True cricket lovers who spends hours at Televisions and sometime sneaking into scores and live streaming during office hours are losing interest on cricket on whole. It's time to promote TEST Cricket. See how amazingly England took the control of the NZ test and it's hard to take our eyes away from every bowl Broad and Anderson bowled. That's cricket.......! IPL is a fantasy..... and it's disgusting to feel our tense situation on a interesting game is spoiled after hearing the same match resulted with spot/match fixings.

  • jimmy on May 21, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    well guys just think about this... only 3 players have been caught till now.....

  • Hari on May 21, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    RR, to me, looked like an "Ideal IPL team" (it still is!) - players at realistic, modest prices; talented individuals; great captain; enthusiastic, supportive owners - everything that should keep a team happy. Unfortunately, the huge fees paid by other franchisees corrupts the virgin minds of these young, unheralded talented players.

    Blame the system first; blame the individuals next. No blame on the captain and owners. Surely, blame BCCI for permitting atrociously high fees (prices?) to players.

    If I had been an IPL-class cricketers, I'd have gone out of the way and travelled any distance to be honest to the million watt smile of Shilpa Shetty! ;-)

  • Mayur on May 21, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    God help them all regroup together and perform their best in the playoffs...only for Dravid...

  • paul on May 21, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    this was going to happen without saying and I don't think it really is News!?

  • Kannan on May 20, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Isn't it a little to hasty of the franchise to suspend the contracts? Shouldn't they wait for the court verdict first to get confirmation that the players are indeed guilty before cancelling the contracts? I smell something fishy here.

  • Sai on May 20, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Such a talent wasted. Sreesanth would have been probably the best fast bowler of india had he realized his talent and worked towards it. The way he releases the ball with near perfect seam kissing the pitch is a fabulous thing to watch. There are plenty of bowlers in india with better action and stats like zaheer, srinath, kapil, agarkar and ishant. But none has the special ability like sreesanth.

  • Nikhil on May 20, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Feel sad for this RR franchise always promoted local talent and have to go through this.. players like Chandila and Amit Singh are so ungrateful. Had they been with other franchise, they probably wouldn't have got a single game or hardly any.

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