On the heels of ball-tampering scandal, another major controversy has erupted. As per reports, a member of India’s International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2011 winning team is under scanner for his alleged links with the match-fixing syndicate.
The syndicate had reportedly organised Rajputana Premier League (RPL) T20 tournament in Jaipur in July 2017.
As per reports, RPL first came under the scrutiny of the BCCI’s anti-corruption security unit’s and now it is being probed by Rajasthan Police’s CID. The T20 tournament involved cricket players and was telecasted live on Neo Sports. The T20 league reportedly make Rs 2-3 crores a week.
Now, according to a report in The Indian Express, the cricketer had links with the person who is said to be running the “organised cricket racket”, and the person also partially funded the T20 tournament.
If the reports are to be believed then Rajasthan Police has found that link and the Indian squad member was also spotted on the sidelines of the tournament.
In July laptops, mobiles, cash and walkie-talkie were recovered from the hotel and the police had arrested 14 people including organisers, players, umpires and alleged bookies. In July 2017, the case was transferred to CID and the 14 arrested people are out on bail since.
Pankaj Kumar Singh, Additional DGP CID (Crime), told The Indian Express that the police is following all leads.
“We are currently probing links between private entities, those who are part of the cricket fraternity and officials. We will take action if there is evidence that links them to corruption”
However, he refused to from sharing the details of the possible involvement of an Indian cricketer in the racket.
Earlier, former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, who had led Islanders in winning 1996 World Cup, had asked ICC WC 2011 final to be investigated