IPL fixing allegations

'I am innocent' - Sreesanth

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 21, 2013

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Sreesanth leaves a court in Delhi, May 21, 2013
Non-bailable charges framed against Sreesanth and his two Rajasthan Royals team-mates © AFP

In his first public statement since his arrest last week, Sreesanth has denied any wrongdoing. Sreesanth and his two Rajasthan Royals team-mates, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, who were arrested on Thursday for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing, were remanded on Tuesday by a Delhi court to a further five days in police custody.

They were charged by Delhi Police under three laws of the Indian Penal Code: Section 409, which deals with criminal breach of trust and is a non-bailable offence; Section 420 which deals with deal with fraud and cheating; and Section 120B, which deals with deals with criminal conspiracy. The Delhi Police had registered cases against the players under Sections 420 and 120B when they were arrested in the early hours of May 16. The charge under 409 was added to the list following Rajasthan Royals' complaint against the three*.

"I am innocent and have done no wrong," Sreesanth said in a statement emailed by his lawyer, Rebecca John. "I have never indulged in any spot-fixing." He said he was confident that his name would be cleared. "As a cricketer, I have learnt to take knocks along with accolades, in my stride. I recognise that I am going through a tough period in my life. I have utmost faith in our judicial process and I am confident that with time I will be proved innocent, and my honour and dignity will be vindicated and restored."

His statement came on a day when he was first sighted since his arrest, dressed in a blue T-shirt on his way to court.

At the hearing, the police told the court that they were analysing the recorded conversations of players and bookies. Voice samples of the accused had been taken to match them with the recorded conversations. Additional Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan told the magistrate that during the investigation several new names had cropped up and their details would be submitted to the court in a sealed cover on Wednesday.

Sreesanth's advocate John opposed the plea for police remand saying no ground was made out for seeking his further custody. She said the agency had made all recoveries and confronted all the accused with one another for the past five days.

The decision to charge the cricketers under Section 409, which carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment, is seen as unusual as the law applies to a "criminal breach of trust" by anyone considered a "public servant" or "in the way of his business as a banker, merchant, factor, broker, attorney or agent." There were, however, two possible lines of arguments that the law could be applied to cricketers, according to Vidushpat Singhania, sports law expert and principal associate, Lakshmi Kumaran and Sridharan. The first was that, "the player is acting as an agent, in this case of Rajasthan Royals - he has been entrusted with a property under the contract with Rajasthan Royals - and he has breached that trust."

The second argument that could be made was that a player could be considered a public servant because, "he has, in Sreesanth's case for example, represented India and he has again, breached that trust they have in him." In February 2011, the Supreme Court had, for example, upheld a Kerala High Court decision that the state's cricket association officials could in any case, be considered "public servants".

Singhania said should this charge carry through and be upheld by the court, the punishment would be very stringent and could set a precedent in the future for cases involving fraud on the part of athletes, even without the introduction of a new law pertaining to fixing in sport. "There are provisions of criminal law that make it possible for it to be interpreted for the larger public good against a criminal offence."

However, it would appear that the first argument is the one being employed in this case. According to a report in the Hindu, Additional Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said Section 409 was invoked because Sreesanth had violated the terms of his Royals' contract. The contract and its financial benefits, he said, were decided upon as per Sreesanth's "past experience and his match-winning abilities and it was an exclusive contract which granted him playing rights and performing rights, and the agreement did not allow performance for individual gain".

Sreesanth's advocate John countered that he was not entrusted with any property, or with any dominion over property, to be charged under this offence.

In a separate development, Mumbai Police announced it had made three fresh arrests, including that of Virendra Dara Singh Randhawa, also known as Vindoo, the son of famous Indian wrestler Dara Singh.

"The first [arrest] is that of Alpesh Patel, who was a hawala operator connected to these bookies. We have recovered Rs 1.28 crores (US$230,000) in cash from his premises," Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime) in Mumbai, said.

"[Vindoo] has also been arrested for links with bookies who have been arrested by us (on Saturday)," Roy said. "The third is Prem Taneja. There are in remand till May 24."

Meanwhile, PTI reports that the government-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd suspended Sreesanth, who was employed as an assistant manager in its marketing division and posted at Irumpanam, near Kochi.

04.15GMT, May 22: This article has been updated after details on the charges against the players emerged

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Posted by Expertcommentator on (May 23, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

@joshua See below what Kapil Siabl, union law minister had to say "I don't think the Indian Penal Code has matchfixing and spot-fixing as an offence and I don't think the 'offence of cheating' is something that adequately deals with issues of spot-fixing and matchfixing," the law minister told reporters.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

@Ashwinks you've got it wrong mate. Betting is illegal in India.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Good point. Who the hell is betting on whether Sreeshanth gives 14 runs or more in his 2nd over. Is this even something worth betting on? I am surprised that such random details are being betted on. It's not like it's uncommon for 14 runs to be given in an over, or for Sreesanth to go for 14, but this is some random league game and 14 is common in IPL-land. Strange is spot-fixing.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

I feel the whole episode of spot fixing is well scripted. Are bookies stupid enough to lure players like sreeshanth, chandila etc who hardly made any impact in IPL. Sreeshanth has to sit out in many matches. How can we control 10 or 15 runs in a over in T20 matches. Whether it is good or bad ball u might get hammered or get out. I think Sreeshanth was easily got in to the groove for his past attitude and character. This really helped the scriptwriters much needed advantage. When he was at the point blank, his past doings were justified. But it is not good to tarnish an international cricketer only because of aggressive attitude. Authorities should have adopted a better plan to expose the truth and the bad game plan rather than rushing and ruining 3 youngsters when our so called old politicians are sitting happily with all the allegations and corruptions..

Posted by Expertcommentator on (May 22, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

Spot fixing is not a crime under Indian Panel Code...breach of contract could be the only crime committed here. It does not warrant jail and all sorts of inquiries and charges as if Sreesanth is a hardcore criminal. Very unfair indeed.

Posted by Harmony111 on (May 22, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Guys I don't know if Sree is innocent or not but what I find very abhorrent is the way Indian Media is depicting this whole scenario. Cos Sree is the more famous one almost the entire coverage is focused on him. Just about everything related to Sree is being shown AS IF they all are related to this spot fixing issue. Tell me, which guy won't have pics of female models in his laptop? What exactly is objectionable if Sree was with 2 women in his car? Can't they just be friends? What is wrong if Sree used to enjoy living in 5 star hotels and partying there? What is the problem if he is fond of shopping and wearing clothes worth thousands?

WE ALL WANT THAT, almost all of us.

Poisoning the well is an extremely dangerous fallacy. It sometimes makes an innocent guilty in the public eye and often exaggerates whatever the guilt is, big or small.

I was never a fan of Sree but guilty or not the media here has already ruined his reputation for ever.

Long live Indian Media .... NOT.

Posted by ashwinks on (May 22, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

@Aksh83, its not illegal to bet against players.. people do that allt he time, and am sure people bet against all the players, not just these 3. The players cooperating with the bookies to help one side win the bet is what is illegal. Thats the breach of trust.

Posted by mahendran on (May 22, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

So after all this hoopla about the spot-fixing allegations against Sreesanth, here is the evidence the Delhi police has against him 1. He did some stretching exercise and had a towel in his pocket in an over where he should have given up 14 runs but could only make 13. 2. His name was mentioned by his 'associate' Jiju in his talks with a bookie. Unlike the first fixing scandal in 2000 where the police release the transcripts of Hanse talking to the bookies on day one, here we have no such evidence. 3. The police claim that Sreesanth had a teary confession. But have they produced any video of that or any written confession statement signed by that guy ? No. 4. The crucial evidence is the money trail. They claim Sreesanth received 40 - 60 lakhs. They were able to find 20 lakhs from one cricketer but they were still unable to find the 40 - 60 lakhs from him. 5. Now they claim that he spend lavishly before the match but the amount they say he spend is not close to amount they claim he got.

Posted by Alexk400 on (May 22, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

If they have recording of what he was intend to do in game and follow through it with it. All need to be video. If not there is no case. I think sreesanth was involved issue is do Delhi Police has the video and audio? Sreesanth confession is baloney. Anyone will confess if you threaten him. For me sreesanth is guilty but you have to prove in court other than his supposed confession in prison. May delhi police worked for sreesanth enemies. We all know BCCI chief do not like rajastan royals.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 22, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

Here are a few English sayings that may describe Sreesanth's predicament :

(1) Careful of the company you keep (2) Guilty by association (3) Birds of a feather flock together (4) If you lie with dogs , you'll get fleas (5) Show me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are

In other words, a serious cricketer , should cut ties with his childhood pals if the run in the same circles as bookies.

No different , if you were a politician or police officer or lawyer or journalist. If you neighbor or cousin or childhood pal who beat up your bullies grows up to be an unsavory character, as a sportsman - politician or officer you have to cut ties or minimize contact with them......

If you are a clerk, mechanic, doctor, engineer, salesman or in some profession where it will not reflect badly on you then you are free to associate with miscreants ....

Posted by Haleos on (May 22, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

@Vidushpat Singhania (The guy mentioned in the Article) - If BCCI can not be termed as a public body and can get away avoiding taxes how come Sreeshanth become a public servant? You claim to be sports law expert. Get your basics cleared first. I think lot of people are just trying to get publicity from this episode.

Posted by NikhilNair on (May 22, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

I believe Sreesanth. He's innocent, but I don't know why he's being involved in such a case. He might be temperamental, annoying at times, or whatever it might be, but I can't believe anyone saying he's a cheat.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Marion Jones denied any wrong doing and the public was very critical of her accusers. Lance Armstrong denied any wrong doing and the public was very critical of his accusers. Now Sreesanth has denied any wrong doing and the public is very critical of his accusers.

Posted by Abitha on (May 22, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Please for God's (read Dravid) sake come out with the truth. If you are innocent PROVE it. If you are Guilty accept it and face the realities. Either way it will do good for all of them who are indicted and good for the future of CRICKET. Kashinath

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

i don't know what they will do if sreesanth proves innocent!..i think this is done to destroy sreesanth's cricketing career..many other players was also giving so much runs in an over,but i don't know why they pick sreesanth..i don't think that bookies will go for only this three bowlers in a big tournament like this..i think sreesanth is innocent..he was recovering from a injury that had made him out of the team for over a year..he is a world class cricketer and please don't spoil his career!!

Posted by concerned_cricketer on (May 22, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

@Vipul_Kaushik, the criticism of the police is because we all know what police are capable of doing. In this case, why are the police holding media conferences to analyse the case. Why don't they present the evidence in court and then ask the media to wait for the outcome of the case in the court. I haven't heard of them producing anything in the form of clear evidence of spot fixing against Sreesanth. Have they got evidence of Sreesanth having talked to the bookies? Have they got evidence of Sreesanth talking to any human being and agreeing to do spot fixing and then that human being in turn speaking to bookies with the same information? Have they got evidence of payment from bookies making its way to Sreesanth's or any of his family's accounts? So far they have not said so.

A pace bowler going for 13 or 14 runs in T20 is not good enough proof of spot fixing. I can say for sure now that in the match between RR and Hyd Sun today, the 17th & 18th over will go for more than 12 runs!

Posted by UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on (May 22, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

Catching these small fries whether in India, Pakistan or else where will never solve the problem...the turnover in cricket betting is in millions of dollars..... are we so naive to believe that such huge amounts can be involved without the covert support of influential peoples in power & authority... every one from bottom to top is getting their slice... no criminal can ever have more resources to manipulate than these double-crossers authorities... punish them first.... give amnesty to top bookies & they will give you these authorities names in India, Pakistan, Dubai, London...

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

He has the natural talent of a good seam!! Which many international players don't have. I hope he is not be been framed for something what he did not actually do and threatened!! Waiting for your side of the story Sree!! No matter what people say there have been scintillating performances from you during SA tour of 2006/07 and 20011/12 and also during WI tour of 2005. You have contributed to our nation no doubt. I hope things get alright!!

Posted by MartinC on (May 22, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Hands up anyone who thinks there are just these 3 players who have been involved in spot fixing in the IPL? Anyone?

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

I don't think any player here spot fixed even they did it's not big deal since this is ipl not international game media got published by given pocket money to poor indian people real true is not coming out

Posted by Mrigyank on (May 22, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Seems great Delhi Police had so much time to crack this fixing case but no time for normal citizen in Delhi crying for Law and Order .I guess its just a straight deviation from the current problem. Thinking of Sreesanth and other players i am no fan of them but i am fan and follower of cricket . Its hurts when you see such things happening and when you come to know that the results partially or completely staged . But when you watch IPL there are multiple occasions where unexpected decisions and results taken. Remember how many last ball wining sixes had happened in IPL1-3 and rest of cricket its only one. Consecutive 8 sixes its miracle in any format . God bless the bowlers and batsman . In IPL either miracle happens or fixing .

Posted by Kals007 on (May 22, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

I do agree with Marktc... this is not a big crime as lot of other crimes are happening in this country and no one gets punished... At the same time, they should find out on what circumstances these people have brought into this fixing scam... May be coz of the complusion or thretening they might have got into this... so this should be enquired properly and give a verdict which should be very genuine and justified...

Posted by Aksh83 on (May 22, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

This is all framed to ruin the Srishanth who threatened to expose BCCI in "Slap Gate" just around 15 days back. And to add two other low profile names to it, they can easily fox everybody. I don't know who will bet on Srishant not to give over 14 runs in an over, but yaa if it would be Murlitharan/Morkel/Narine/ Bret Lee/Malinga/Steyn/Umesh yadav, then yes even i would tempt to bet...and mind you all except Steyn goes for lot of runs in the IPL, but no body questioning...Everybody is talking about underworld connections in the fixing..do you think underworld or bookies will bet only on the 3 overs bowled by these 3 bowlers in the tournament featuring over 100 players, 9 teams and over 70 matches???? THINK HARD !!!

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (May 22, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Why is this spot fixing episode so incredible? Because of the players involved? Is public memory so short to forget that the then India captain Azharuddin was found out. Have people forgotten Kapil Dev sobbing on live TV?

The problem is alive and keeps multiplying when the public remains in a state of disbelief and refuse to express outrage and indignation AND the official machinery REFUSES to act when the evidence stares them in the face!

What the lay person needs to understand is that a criminal can walk away scot free after having committed a wrongful act, if the prosecution cannot muster enough proof(dispelling all reasonable doubt) or if there are loopholes in the law. Likewise, you can never expect "justice", but only application of the law on acts of wrong doing. The law also doesn't prescribe, quite conveniently, how fast a case needs to be closed and justice dispensed. In the absence of a deadline, a case can be kept in limbo and all concerned can roam free!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

If you were found spot fixing and that should punished with lawfully whomever they are... The law and the punishment is not only for them and that will guide upcoming cricketers. While having huge source of money in the IPL its nature all spot fixing around and people and players must aware to be honest and be true sportsman.

Posted by concerned_cricketer on (May 22, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

@anilkp, you cannot call it a norm and make inferences from it. It does not matter whether other people have done it.Could have agreed with you if it happened that in the Indian judicial history nobody who was arrested for a crime had ever been found innocent. But that is not the case.

When an allegation is made, the accused has to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Police in India have been known to have agendas in arresting people, staging false encounters to kill suspects etc. So in this case it is just a police force's word against a cricketer's word - no more no less. Neither is particularly believable. Police being a bit more unbelivable by their very nature and history and reputation.

And I never understood the media's obsession with trivia like he was found with 'women'. Would it have been any better if he were found with a couple of leopards? How come they report after a match that he was found with a stadium full of men and women and even children?

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

I still believe that Sreesanth is innocent. I don't think that a guy of his temperament and aggression would even think of doing such a stupidity. It is all about the politics being played by the cricketers and the cricket being played by the politicians. A new law for corruption in cricket, and no law for the same in politics. Come on guys. Cricket doesn't rule our country. Politicians do. Make law for yourselves. GROW UP..!!

Posted by Vipul_Kaushik on (May 22, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

And one more thing, crime is a crime. If our police has done something laudable by trapping this fixing net, why can't anyone praise them. Just for everyone's information, illegal betting is also a kind of massive corruption where a lot of black money is involved. And already our economy is taking a hit due to this. Again this is a prime example of hypocrisy, that people are criticizing police for what they are doing; but had they not taken any action, then we all will again raise our voice against the police.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

It was not expected from a player like Sreesanth. Very disappointing for Indian Fans.

Posted by manmishr on (May 22, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Seriously, I haven't heard of any proof which proves these cricketers guilty. Furthermore, There's always a chance of underworld threat for forcing them to accept this crime, given that major underworld players are also involved. So, before going for any punishment, rigorous investgation must be carried out in these lines, and then only we should decide the fate of these 3. I would go on to say, that even if these are found guilty , a life ban would be too much a punishment. Think they deserve a second chance.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

I am sorry. Indian Cricket does not need guys like Sreesanth whose only interest is to get into the limelight. He had talent and age on his side, yet never worked on becoming a complete bowler by mastering the in-swinger. You can never last out on the international scene without hard work. He tried the short-cut to fame and fortunes. Sorry mate, you asked for it.

Posted by Marktc on (May 22, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

I have to admit that the punishment does seem rather exessive. He did not blow up a building or kill anybody...or rob a bank or really commit any serious offence (allegedly)...besides, what is the hard evidence against him. Surely the law should be upheld yes, but why persecute him until he is found guilty on hard evidence. I am no fan but really cannot understand why he would implicate himself in any game fixing, being a successful player and knowing the consequences so well.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (May 22, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Innocent until proven guilty. Agree with those sentiments. And quite frankly I find the sort of charges made against cricketers bizarre. It seems their indescretions - if found guilty - are regarded as more significant offences to society than serious crimes such as murder, rape and armed robbery. Cricket is ultimately, just a game. The punishments seems disproportionate - like a lynching mob being organised by a judicial system desperately trying to prove themselves by making an example. These cricket players have my sympathy even if they are guilty.

Posted by Clyde on (May 22, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

There are no doubt many possible reasons why Sreesanth might have done no wrong and may be innocent. What could the motive be, for someone who presumably earns quite well for playing cricket? What pressure could have been applied, for example? What about the defendant's state of mind at the time?

Posted by bluefunk on (May 22, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

1. A media trial is inherently unfair. 2. The police may well have arrested Sreesanth to give their arrests a bigger dimension. Two small fry being caught would not have attracted nearly as much attention. Note that they have admitted they have no evidence of him ever being in telephonic contact with any bookie. All they have is the fact that one of his friends (Jiju Janardhan) proved dubious. 3. The police have no business leaking personal information about Sreesanth to the press. (He bought this, he bought that, he gifted his girlfriend an expensive Blackberry, etc.). So what?

Posted by kapsy on (May 22, 2013, 0:34 GMT)

Why is everybody in such a tearing hurry to castigate the guy? He's innocent until proven guilty. Wait for the Judgment, guys

Posted by neilvirani on (May 22, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

It seems a lot of people are judging them based on the police press conferences. They should remain innocent until proven guilty, especially as they haven't had the chance to defend themselves in the public arena let alone the courts.

No argument about Sreesanth's suspension though. It's standard practice when someone's accused of a criminal offence. Guilty and they're fired, innocent and the suspension's lifted.

Posted by anilkp on (May 21, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

Guys, this is a norm. This happens always: that a culprit keeps changing his statement. When someone is caught, s/he is stunned, for s/he is not expecting it. So, after initial denial, s/he speaks out the truth that s/he has committed the crime. However, as soon as s/he is assigned (or her/his family manage) a lawyer, the statement changes. Because the lawyer is meant to save his/her client, s/he instils all intelligence into the head of the accused. The accused now sings the tune of the lawyer, but not his own anymore. There were reports that all three accused RR players, and all other accused, had confessed their cheating. The public is largely emotionsl, and usually take side with sympathy.Wait until the investigation be complete and then you can form any opinion you please.

Posted by HyderabadiFlick on (May 21, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

Until the law makers catch the group of big fish and the network associated with them, we cannot draw any conclusions. This is happening periodically in every walk of life. And people lose faith in the authorities, entertainers and public figures one day. We raise a hue and cry when something like this happens and forget it after a short while, because that is the way of life. Who knows if cricketers have life threat or someone blackmailing them. So, the conclusion must be to have non-corrupted bureau of detectives from different parts of the world and get them be part of the teams for all the cricketing events and legalize betting with heavy taxation. My sympathy to all the cricketers who involved in match fixing/betting.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

Innocent until proven guilty

Posted by aravind406 on (May 21, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

Everyone looks ready to throw him under the bus. Kapil sibal wants a new law, Royals want him jailed for life, BCCI wants to expunge his records, his employer fired him. And yet, I have not seen any proof except for the fact that 2 bookies discussed him. Where is the money? Where is his voice sample?

If we showed similar enthusiasm against terrorists and corruption, South Asia would be such a nice place to live!! Innocent till guilty. Once guilty, lets discuss punishment!

Posted by rajesh_vedhamurthy on (May 21, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

I have a feeling that he might be innocent!! May be inadvertently got himself into trouble!!! I dont think, he would have pledged his fame, dignity, stardom for a matter of 40 lakh rupees.. Its not worth the risk he took!!! May be he is innocent..

I dont want India to lose a talent here... lets wait and see..

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

Yes.. I feel too that u r going through a tough period in ur life.now it has become a world news and indian police and court have to run this case very cleanly, clearly and fastly.we r waiting to hear the last result from the indian court about this matter...

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

let it get prove he is innocent.

Posted by sandyyy on (May 21, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

I dont know if he is innocent or not but Sreeshant uses towel all the time. I was seeing lot of videos on youtube and noticed this guy most of the times has towel tucked in his trouser. It might be for cleaning dew or sweat on his hand. But at the same time he could have used the same tactic to for spot fixing. Police should release the records asap and prove they are guilty. I don't know why there is a delay.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

i dont know why, i feel he is innocent. it will be sad if he isnt

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

For a moment, assume that what he says is truth, what would we do with Delhi Police and BCCI, Rajasthan Royals, BPCL, those who did not stand by their men in times of adversity?

Posted by playitstraight on (May 21, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

I sincerely hope he's innocent. He deserves a comeback, was praying for that but something else unexpected has happened. Hope justice prevails in the end.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

I dont know... I just feel theres a lot of crack downs but nothing presented to the common man... I will form and opinion once everything is all out.. till then Sree is innocent. I hope he can explain that towel btw.

Posted by Baundele on (May 21, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

I trust Sreesanth. He has been a nervous guy and those rituals like changing the towels or kissing the locket of his necklace are a very common thing for him. I also do not understand who on earth will pay him money for giving away 14 runs an over. One can get it for free.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

I knew it!! I knew he was innocent. Thanks Sreesanth for clarifying..

Posted by NikSaid on (May 21, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

BPCL firing an employee just for being booked, is going over the line and really jumping way too soon given its India. This is totally unfair to terminate ANYONE who just got booked. Anyone can call anyone cheat and companies will start firing? That too a gov't agency. Woah, fire those politicians first!!

Posted by yogikanna on (May 21, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

I really hope he is innocent. Praying for him. I really hope what he is saying is true.

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (May 21, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

Why Sreesanth? Why? :-( You seemed to be headed for an India comeback too!

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