Corruption in the IPL June 13, 2013

Trivedi faces suspension over anti-corruption code breach

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Siddharth Trivedi, the Rajasthan Royals pace bowler, is likely to be suspended by the BCCI pending inquiry for breaching the board's anti-corruption code in relation to the ongoing IPL controversy.

Trivedi is not under the scanner for any direct wrongdoing but for not reporting to the IPL or the BCCI the fact that he had been approached by bookies. During the investigation into the case involving his three team-mates who were arrested for alleged spot-fixing, he reportedly told police authorities about several approaches he received from bookies that he did not pay heed to. Not reporting it first to the board could go against Trivedi, and he is likely to receive a show-cause notice later this week.

"Since he didn't report any of these alleged approaches to either his team management or the IPL authorities or the BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit, he has to be issued a show-cause notice and suspended till the investigation is complete," a BCCI insider said.

Trivedi, a witness for the prosecution, had also recorded a statement before a magistrate in a Delhi court last month.

According to the BCCI's anti-corruption code, Trivedi's actions amount to a breach of the regulations. Article 2.4.2 of the code refers to "failing or refusing to disclose to the ACU of the BCCI (without undue delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the participant to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of this anti-corruption code." Article 2.4.3 explains how a breach would also include failing to report "approaches or invitations that have been received by any other party to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of this Anti-Corruption Code".

Gujarat bowler-turned-bookie Amit Singh, who was arrested along with Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and other bookies, is also likely to be sent a show-cause notice and suspended.

Though Singh wasn't contracted to any of the IPL franchises for the 2013 season, according to the board's anti-corruption code a player is monitored for 12 months after his last domestic or international appearance. Singh had featured in Gujarat's Ranji Trophy campaign in the previous domestic season as well as the IPL, and is allegedly suspected to have played a pivotal role in mediating between the cricketers and the betting mafia.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ashankar on June 14, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ Johnny_Rook . I appreciate you reading thru my comments and giving a feedback. But i feel that your comparison to this seems to be like Apple to Oranges. Let me give you this, if i work in a bank and comes to know that my team mate is doing some malpractice and luring me into that as well. I would be the first one to raise that up with authorities. Well, i wouldnt know if that would help fixing the issue but my concience would ask me to do so. I agree that we cant clean up every system that has issues but we can try to do our bit to clean up our WORK environment and something that we are passinate about.

  • JohnnyRook on June 14, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @Niraj Desai . Can't agree more. BCCI is acting like god of small things. Why don't they first take concrete action against bigwigs..

  • on June 14, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    BCCI official should be shown that famous Al Pacino speech scene from the movie scent of a woman. Hope Siddharthbhai's heroism prevails in the end!

  • on June 14, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    I believe the fans shud stop watching any match in india whether on tv or at ground.... this will surely hurt the players who are mum on the incident and the others in BCCI

  • JohnnyRook on June 14, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @ ashankar. Let me ask you. Do you report every crime you see on the street to the authorities. If you are an average person, you would report an assault or a murder but not some guy bribing a traffic cop Rs 50/-. The reason for the difference in that one is a huge crime and cops are expected to do something about it. Other is everyday knowledge and cops are more likely to hassle you instead of taking action because almost all cops do it. BCCI's chief's son in law is involved in betting as well as Rajasthan's part owner. You can't blame Trivedi for not reporting a crime done by a fox to a pack of wolves.

  • on June 14, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    We all know this will happen to Trivedi........ Feeling Sorry for Him......

  • IndCricFan2013 on June 14, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    It is important to let the players know that, they have to report it to BCCI. This is the best way to do it. I am sure Trivedi will receive some punishment, not harsh and he will be back to playing. BCCI should set up the punishment levels for not reporting and let the player know about it.Going forward in future these punishment should include ban from one season of cricket and things like that. It is time to clean up the sport and it has to be cleaned up at all levels and ways, so the players will think much more than they think today. This should apply to IPL franchise owners, BCCI management, members and who ever is involved in cricket, including commentators who are contracted by BCCI.

  • Ajayvs on June 13, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Good going BCCI, go ahead and penalize him for being a witness. It was reported that 3-4 players were approached by the bookies, although they declined their approach none of them reported the team management. Why are you penalizing only Trivedi, because he has agreed to become witness? What confidence will players have in approaching the Team management when the owners themselves are involved in betting activities. Do the BCCI have guts to suspend the teams whose owners were involved in betting, no is guess NOT. BCCI has different yardsticks in dealing with different people.

  • Unmesh_cric on June 13, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I must say this a disgusting step taken by the BCCI. Here is one guy who played the game honestly and instead of appreciating him you punish him. May be he didn't report to the BCCI because he doesn't have complete trust in BCCI. With big involved, BCCI may have tried to suppress the issue if he had told them about the bookie approach. BCCI always wanted to show the world that IPL is "clean". Who knows Siddhardh may have been in BCCI's bad books had he reported the bookie approach. Thumbs down to BCCI!!!

  • ashankar on June 13, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    I am not sure what upsets so many users here who are commenting against BCCI for taking action against Trivedi. He has not done any crime neither he had the itch to do. While the fact that he denied the fixing approaches need to be lauded, we should also take into account that it was his responsibility to have reported these to the BCCI or Team Management or to Rahul Dravid (a humble captain and soud who in no way should have gone thru this). We dont know if actions would have been taken if he had reported but why did not her report is the question! You love your brother who does a lot of mistakes and asks you to be a part of it too and you decide not to tell your family about it and let him go from bad to worse. This is something like that. And moreover he has come out now only to avoid arrest. So i dont feel pity for him. He has let the game of cricket and his fans as his other colleagues did. So, i think this is a valid action. This wd set an ex for players to speak up in the future

  • ashankar on June 14, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ Johnny_Rook . I appreciate you reading thru my comments and giving a feedback. But i feel that your comparison to this seems to be like Apple to Oranges. Let me give you this, if i work in a bank and comes to know that my team mate is doing some malpractice and luring me into that as well. I would be the first one to raise that up with authorities. Well, i wouldnt know if that would help fixing the issue but my concience would ask me to do so. I agree that we cant clean up every system that has issues but we can try to do our bit to clean up our WORK environment and something that we are passinate about.

  • JohnnyRook on June 14, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @Niraj Desai . Can't agree more. BCCI is acting like god of small things. Why don't they first take concrete action against bigwigs..

  • on June 14, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    BCCI official should be shown that famous Al Pacino speech scene from the movie scent of a woman. Hope Siddharthbhai's heroism prevails in the end!

  • on June 14, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    I believe the fans shud stop watching any match in india whether on tv or at ground.... this will surely hurt the players who are mum on the incident and the others in BCCI

  • JohnnyRook on June 14, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @ ashankar. Let me ask you. Do you report every crime you see on the street to the authorities. If you are an average person, you would report an assault or a murder but not some guy bribing a traffic cop Rs 50/-. The reason for the difference in that one is a huge crime and cops are expected to do something about it. Other is everyday knowledge and cops are more likely to hassle you instead of taking action because almost all cops do it. BCCI's chief's son in law is involved in betting as well as Rajasthan's part owner. You can't blame Trivedi for not reporting a crime done by a fox to a pack of wolves.

  • on June 14, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    We all know this will happen to Trivedi........ Feeling Sorry for Him......

  • IndCricFan2013 on June 14, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    It is important to let the players know that, they have to report it to BCCI. This is the best way to do it. I am sure Trivedi will receive some punishment, not harsh and he will be back to playing. BCCI should set up the punishment levels for not reporting and let the player know about it.Going forward in future these punishment should include ban from one season of cricket and things like that. It is time to clean up the sport and it has to be cleaned up at all levels and ways, so the players will think much more than they think today. This should apply to IPL franchise owners, BCCI management, members and who ever is involved in cricket, including commentators who are contracted by BCCI.

  • Ajayvs on June 13, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Good going BCCI, go ahead and penalize him for being a witness. It was reported that 3-4 players were approached by the bookies, although they declined their approach none of them reported the team management. Why are you penalizing only Trivedi, because he has agreed to become witness? What confidence will players have in approaching the Team management when the owners themselves are involved in betting activities. Do the BCCI have guts to suspend the teams whose owners were involved in betting, no is guess NOT. BCCI has different yardsticks in dealing with different people.

  • Unmesh_cric on June 13, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I must say this a disgusting step taken by the BCCI. Here is one guy who played the game honestly and instead of appreciating him you punish him. May be he didn't report to the BCCI because he doesn't have complete trust in BCCI. With big involved, BCCI may have tried to suppress the issue if he had told them about the bookie approach. BCCI always wanted to show the world that IPL is "clean". Who knows Siddhardh may have been in BCCI's bad books had he reported the bookie approach. Thumbs down to BCCI!!!

  • ashankar on June 13, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    I am not sure what upsets so many users here who are commenting against BCCI for taking action against Trivedi. He has not done any crime neither he had the itch to do. While the fact that he denied the fixing approaches need to be lauded, we should also take into account that it was his responsibility to have reported these to the BCCI or Team Management or to Rahul Dravid (a humble captain and soud who in no way should have gone thru this). We dont know if actions would have been taken if he had reported but why did not her report is the question! You love your brother who does a lot of mistakes and asks you to be a part of it too and you decide not to tell your family about it and let him go from bad to worse. This is something like that. And moreover he has come out now only to avoid arrest. So i dont feel pity for him. He has let the game of cricket and his fans as his other colleagues did. So, i think this is a valid action. This wd set an ex for players to speak up in the future

  • on June 13, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    I feel sorry for this man, shame on BCCI, punishing the honest people, so they won't rise up again...

  • on June 13, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    c'mon. this is rubbish from bcci.

  • ProdigyA on June 13, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    "Bowler-turned-bookie"...Lol...sounds like "Actor-turned-politician"...

  • Rajeshj on June 13, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    sad to learn the fate of a player who stood up like a beacon amidst the morass present around him.. the tainted players talk in heroic manner about how they would get justice and return back to active cricket.. but this guy doesn't deserve this at all.. I think the BCCI is driving the fans fast towards ignoring the next ipl events..

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 13, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    "Since he didn't report any of these alleged approaches to either his team management or the IPL authorities"

    As if his team management and IPL authorities are the purists

  • baboossat on June 13, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Guys just relax. He should have reported first place. That's the point. Whether BCCI would have taken action or not it's a matter of another subject. Why was he silent all these days even after approached by the bookies. FORGET BCCI he should have atleast informed RR management or RAHUL DRAVID. He didn't even do that. Whom do you want as captain other than Rahul Dravid to share this information. He would have advised him what to do or not. He could have shared the details of the bookies with the police immediately after they contacted him which could have helped arresting the bookies in the first place. He didn't do anything of these sorts but it is unbelievable to find these kind of support for him. If you want to clean it everything should be taken care of. this will serve as a good example for youngsters in the future as what to do when approached by the bookies.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on June 13, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Wow BCCI. Nice way to say "kudos" to the only guy that came unscathed in the spot fixing cases, twice in a row.

  • CivilGaurav on June 13, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I suppose the Board had previously communicated to all the players cleary that they are to report such incidents. If so is the case then Trivedi is wrong in not reporting.

    Not clear what were his reasons for not doing so, and why he later reported to the police. Maybe was scared. Only he can tell.

    Last year there were some sting operations for fixing during the IPL. Did the players approached who refused the offer, report the offer to the BCCI at that time? If not then did the BCCI give them a show cause notice? After all the sting operations was as real for the players last time too and if the BCCI did not give a show case last time, then why now?

  • Mann123 on June 13, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    I remembered a story where a guard slept on duty and dreamed of his king getting killed in a war next day. He informs kings and somehow that saves the king. But he is suspended because of sleeping on duty. If BCCI is truly wanting to clean cricket they should rather reward people who become witness. Would any other player now dare to be witness or come out against betting/fixing. They would fear being cross examined on why you didn't come earlier.

  • ramli on June 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    When a culprit admits to a mistake ... he is regarded as a "hero" (read Ashraful) ... and ... when a person reports an incident (which helped to nail the culprits) he is all set to be punished ... what a world to live?

  • Edassery on June 13, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    In this country it's not surprising that the whistle blowers get punished! If the BCCI blames the players that he didn't report about the approaches made by the bookies, the question is what did BCCI do to prevent corruption as it had first hand experience of the same as early as 2000.

  • on June 13, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    only GOD can help Indian Cricket.

  • venkatesh018 on June 13, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    This is the Establishment striking back against a honest foot soldier. Trivedi reporting the matter earlier to the authorities would have buried the issue completely. He has done a great service to the game by agreeing to be a police witness. He should be rewarded for that not censured.

  • on June 13, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Are all Ranji players aware of the BCCI's anti-corruption regulations? Has the BCCI provided them with copies of the same? I don't think so. Then how come they expect the player to complain. It is insane that a honest guy is being punished.

  • on June 13, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    The fact that he is being punished for trusting the police more than the BCCI does not reflect well on the administrators.

  • satishchandar on June 13, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @Sibi Joseph : One owner is now behind bars and another one did bet but he didn't have contacts with bookies as per police records. Moreover, Had Sid reported the incident to BCCI, Sree and co might have escaped from the bookies..

  • on June 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    oh God!!!!This is utter non sense.....how could he inform his franchise or board when he already knew that owner of his own team was involved in it,Many other player might also have contacted by bookie, but it is only Sidharth who is paying price for showing his honesty.

  • on June 13, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    So sad that given for being honesty people be punished. Anyhow I am only concerned is that Trivedi did not fall to offers given by those bookies. Well done Trivedi, for ur honesty u might not get a President medal or anything like that. But by discouraging bookies offers you have showed to youngsters that earning easy money is not right. Earn the money in hard way.. What ever the action BCCI takes I do not care but I will always support you as fan..

  • Big3BOSS on June 13, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    And then we wonder why in India does no one come to help an accident victim or if someone is getting beaten up. The harassment from authorities under name of law and rules later on is unbearable. Trivedi is going through same. If Trivedi had talked about it earlier, he would have been out of team , out of work for good

  • on June 13, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    @dr.yeluri Do you still have faith in bcci's system? Do you think trivedi reporting earlier would have made a difference? Yes it may have, in the sense that, the news would never have reached the media at all. And Trivedi would have been asked to shut up.

  • on June 13, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Is BCCI trying to make a statement that they are totally unaware that bookies approach players. Then board needs to be look back & reflect on their methodology. It's a real shame that the board makes such statements that doesn't makes no sense but only non-sense.

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    I hereby pledge not to see any game that is sponsored by, controlled by, organized by and promoted by the BCCI. The 'not-to-see' pledge includes seeing the game at a stadium or on a remote device including for now the television, computer, tablet and smart phone. The time to cut and to cut clean is now.

  • A.Ak on June 13, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    He is an uncapped player, he has no back-up or support to go against bookies. He has been honest. If he gets punished for that, thats the total nonsense from BCCI. This is the very reason he may not taken action when he was approached by bookies. There is no rules that if a person was threatened, he should go to police!. It is totally upto the individual to make a choice that protects him at first place. I guess BCCI don't know what "liberty" means.

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I think this is taking things too far.

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    BCCI would have done nothing. Do you people still believe that BCCI had no clue of all the hapenning. Trevedi did right . If you remember Prabhakar did report and he faced the BAN and the guilty are serving BCCI and also honoured by them.

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Its really horrible...As everyone was aware that Srivedi would get punished for his honesty...

  • Littletony on June 13, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Classic Case of killing the goose laying golden eggs!

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    What is wrong with you BCCI?

  • on June 13, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    You get a showcase notice for not reporting about approaches made by bookies, but you could walk away free by betting in IPL if you are an Owner of any franchise. Hats off to BCCI.

  • Harinasi on June 13, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Trivedi is just as much a person responsible just as the police are, both waited till it happened. He stood by his own morals and expected his team mates to do the same. People are hailing the Policemen but BCCI is not doing the same with Trivedi, he deserves an appreciation for his honesty. BBCI should issue a show-cause to the Policemen and only then will its action on Trivedi be justified.

  • Dr.Yeluri on June 13, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    The Board is right in issue show-cause notice to Trivedi..! Had he been reported at the first instance when he was approached by Bookies then the BCCI would have taken necessary preventive steps to stop all the non sense and the players would not have fell prey for filthy way of earning...!

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  • Dr.Yeluri on June 13, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    The Board is right in issue show-cause notice to Trivedi..! Had he been reported at the first instance when he was approached by Bookies then the BCCI would have taken necessary preventive steps to stop all the non sense and the players would not have fell prey for filthy way of earning...!

  • Harinasi on June 13, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Trivedi is just as much a person responsible just as the police are, both waited till it happened. He stood by his own morals and expected his team mates to do the same. People are hailing the Policemen but BCCI is not doing the same with Trivedi, he deserves an appreciation for his honesty. BBCI should issue a show-cause to the Policemen and only then will its action on Trivedi be justified.

  • on June 13, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    You get a showcase notice for not reporting about approaches made by bookies, but you could walk away free by betting in IPL if you are an Owner of any franchise. Hats off to BCCI.

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    What is wrong with you BCCI?

  • Littletony on June 13, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Classic Case of killing the goose laying golden eggs!

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Its really horrible...As everyone was aware that Srivedi would get punished for his honesty...

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    BCCI would have done nothing. Do you people still believe that BCCI had no clue of all the hapenning. Trevedi did right . If you remember Prabhakar did report and he faced the BAN and the guilty are serving BCCI and also honoured by them.

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I think this is taking things too far.

  • A.Ak on June 13, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    He is an uncapped player, he has no back-up or support to go against bookies. He has been honest. If he gets punished for that, thats the total nonsense from BCCI. This is the very reason he may not taken action when he was approached by bookies. There is no rules that if a person was threatened, he should go to police!. It is totally upto the individual to make a choice that protects him at first place. I guess BCCI don't know what "liberty" means.

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    I hereby pledge not to see any game that is sponsored by, controlled by, organized by and promoted by the BCCI. The 'not-to-see' pledge includes seeing the game at a stadium or on a remote device including for now the television, computer, tablet and smart phone. The time to cut and to cut clean is now.