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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