Corruption in the IPL

Trivedi faces suspension over anti-corruption code breach

Amol Karhadkar

June 13, 2013

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Siddharth Trivedi bowled a terrific last over to turn the tables on Deccan, Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2010, Nagpur, April 5, 2010
Siddharth Trivedi had not reported the approaches from bookies, which he reportedly said he had received, to the cricket authorities © Indian Premier League
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  • Ankeet Chavan, the suspended Rajasthan Royals player who was released on bail earlier this week, has targetted getting back to competitive cricket. "I have always given my 100%, I have always played cricket with a lot of passion," he told the media in Mumbai. "I just hope and believe that I get a positive result from the judiciary system so that I get to play cricket again and I get back to my career, where I was."

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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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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..

Posted by   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!

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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

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