A day before Rajasthan Royals plays its first match in this IPL, Rajasthan Royals alleged that a player was “inappropriately” approached over a month ago to fix an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 match, and the Indian cricket board was informed about this.
Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU):
The player informed the team management about the “inappropriate” approach and it then immediately reported the matter to the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), IANS reported.
During questioning by ACSU sleuths, the RR player said he initially thought the player, with whom he had shared a dressing room during the Ranji Trophy, was joking. It was only when he spoke about the chance to make money if he followed a pre-decided pattern, that he realised that the approach was serious, the player told the ACSU.
Royals Chief Executive Officer Raghu Iyer in a Statement:
“Maintaining high standards of integrity, the player informed the Rajasthan Royals management of this inappropriate approach. In keeping with applicable IPL Regulations, Rajasthan Royals management immediately reported the incident to the ACSU of the BCCI,” said Royals chief executive officer Raghu Iyer in a statement on Friday.
“This incident does highlight that if players and other officials cooperate and disclose information or approaches immediately, the game can be kept clean and free from undesirable elements and activities,” the statement said.
Interestingly, in the run-up to the eighth edition of the IPL this time, Rahul Dravid, former India captain and mentor of Rajasthan Royals, had called for exemplary punishment to tackle fixing. “One of the most important things is we need to have stricter laws that deal with issues like match-fixing, spot-fixing. And we need to have those laws in place that in the long term can act as a deterrent,” Dravid said. “There are consequences in cricket (for wrongdoing) and you pay the price.” On Friday, Royals take on Kings XI Punjab in Pune.
The BCCI has also admitted the incident after it was first reported in the Press on Friday morning.