Corruption in the IPL June 13, 2013

Trivedi faces suspension over anti-corruption code breach

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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