Corruption in IPL May 27, 2013

Launch external investigation into all IPL 2013 games - Manohar

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shashank Manohar, the former BCCI president, has called for an investigation by an external investigation agency of all the IPL 2013 matches. Manohar said the BCCI should not solely depend on the board's and the ICC's Anit-Corruption and Security Units (ACSU) to keep cricket clean as they do not have the authority to track illegal activities - tracking phone conversations, for example.

"The BCCI should immediately file a criminal complaint with the investigating agencies, urging them to probe all 75 games [76] in the current IPL edition," Manohar told the Times of India. "The board should provide them [the investigating agency] with a raw feed of the games as well as CCTV footage recorded at every venue.

"It has to deal with this menace with an iron fist. The board or ACSU do not have any machinery or legal authority to track the illegal activities, so it should not depend on these agencies alone."

His comments come in wake of the alleged spot-fixing in IPL 2013, in relation to which three Rajasthan Royals cricketers were arrested on May 16. The controversy has since grown, with top Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan being arrested for allegedly betting on IPL games, and his father-in-law - who is also the BCCI president and managing director Super Kings' owner, India Cements - N Srinivasan refusing to resign from his post with the Indian board despite mounting pressure to do so.

Manohar said in an earlier interview with the Telegraph that he had spoken to some of the BCCI officials before their emergent working committee meeting on May 19, and told them if they wanted "to clean things up, then do it thoroughly. If, at the end of it all, 13 and not three players are involved in fixing, so be it".

Apart from making sure the IPL is clean, now Manohar said it's important to have stringent processes in place for international cricket played in India too. "The board should approach the central home minister, requesting governmental support in investigating the criminal actions in any event run by the BCCI, which would also include international fixtures. It should request [the minister] to send an advisory to all states one month before the start of an event, so that the investigating machinery can swing in action well in advance to prevent any match-fixing , betting or spot-fixing."

The BCCI, he said, should ask players to register their mobile-phone numbers with the board, so that the investigating agencies could monitor things with more efficiency.

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  • Rahul on May 28, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Ahh finally someone who's name is associated with BCCI even in Ex category is talking some sense. Refreshing!

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Two of Indian team members for the Championship Trophy are under the scanner of Police in India for their role in 'Spot Fixing' during the just concluded IPL. This development places the Champions Trophy under the cloud. Indian players should be subjected to "lie Detector Test" before being allowed to play.

  • V.L on May 28, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    As much as we all would love to see it happen, we know that its not going to. An SIT investigation has to be forced upon BCCI and Srinivasan should be removed from power with immediate effect or Indian cricket is doomed for the foreseeable future, especially if Srinivasan is re-elected in September! We have made a good start in our rebuilding process by clean sweeping the OZ but if Indian cricket is to go forward then Srinivasan should step back! God! Sharad Pawar seems like a million times more accountable than this guy!

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Everybody has their say about the probing of matches but the thing is that if u keep on increasing the number of matches and unnecessary TRPs involve in the game, it is bound to impact on the natural flow of the game, so its just a simple solution to all these to decrease in the no. of matches and cricket being played all over the world, the quality of the game will certainly rise and hence the standards of the game.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    This is what happens when money begin to rule the game and it loses its sanctity. save the game for future generations by banning all leagues of T20 games, the Indian, Australian, west Indian, Sri Lankan, Bangladesh all leagues with immediate effect. The likes of Bradman, Compton, May, Cowdrey, Pataudi must be turning in their graves.

  • Kashi on May 28, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Agree with some of the comments about cleaning up the game. And that is of primary importance than figuring out degree of guilt of Srinivasan, Shukla, Jaitley, Manohar, Pawar, Ravi Shastri etc. It is time of introspect IPL. While Cricinfo has done a great job with several articles including 10 questions to Srinivasan, it is high time to see IPL from cricket point of view - not administration, not corruption, not money and glitter. What if anything has IPL done to cricket and particularly Indian Cricket?. If it is BAD for India Cricket consider scrapping it, if it needs vast improvements analyze them. If it is doing great stuff continue it. Basically examine IPL purely from cricket point of view. What has IPL given in last 5/6 episodes to Indian cricket? Have we seen any new finds who represent India at the highest stage (Test and ODI)? Has the game polished the talents of the young Indian cricketers to perform better. Or has it been the opposite? Right Time Cricinfo did this.

  • Javed on May 28, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    I think Mr Manohar is too ideal. What evidence would be detected of spot fixing? and if this evidence is taken as such, what happens to those who do so by accident?

  • Jon on May 27, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    @NaveedKhan- a very good point made sir. The biggest problem with corruption in sport is that it makes the fans second guess everything that they have just seen. If you look at any particular incident that may seem odd different fans may interpret it as cheating. This completely ruins sport and those found guilty must be punished. If you read some comments on this thread it is clear that paranoia and second guessing has already entered into some of this minds of the fans of IPL. This scandal will destroy the validity of the tournament and I wouldn't be suprised if this edition just gone will be its last. I think a huge problem with the IPL is the fact that the pride is superficial and it is not such a burden to bowl an over that must go for x amount of runs.

  • Ian on May 27, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    There is a lot to be said in favour of a thorough investigation of an international event like the IPL: it's a cricketing event which attracts both a lot of cash and players from many locations and backgrounds. A tournament like the IPL is a magnet to those intent on corrupt conduct. If it's happening, there's a fair chance it'll get detected with thorough investigation, and if it's detected, it might uncover some uncomfortable facts relevant to the entire cricketing world.