Indian pacer Sreesanth and two other players of Rajasthan Royals (Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan) have been taken into custody by the Delhi cops on charges of spot-fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
The police arrested the three in Mumbai as soon as they collected concrete information about their involvement in spot fixing and they will be produced in Delhi court soon. About seven bookies too were arrested on the same charges.
Police sources say, Several phone numbers of the cricketers have been tapped since some time on the suspicion of spot-fixing in the cash rich IPL. The arrested cricketers have indulged in the spot-fixing in the IPL matches held in this week.
Sreesanth has played 53 ODIs and 27 Tests for India. On the other hand, 29-year-old Ajit Chandila played for Delhi Daredevils in the previous seasons and now joined the Rajasthan Royals.
Ankeet Chavan, 27-year-old, who earlier played for Mumbai is now roped by Rajasthan Royals which is co-owned by actress Shilpa Shetty.
Sreesanth, two other Rajasthan Royals’ players arrested for spot-fixing
Kerala pacer S. Sreesanth and two other players of the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League team have been arrested by the Delhi Police and charged with spot-fixing in the on-going tournament.
Sreesanth and the others, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, were arrested in Mumbai and will be brought to Delhi to be produced in court. While 29-year-old Chandila has played for Haryana and Delhi Daredevils previously and Chavan (27-year-old) has played for Mumbai, Sreesanth is a veteran of 53 ODIs and 27 Tests.
The police have also arrested seven bookies. Police sources said the players have been accused of spot-fixing in different matches this week. They also said that investigtions have been on for some time into alleged spot-fixing in the cash-rich IPL tournament, the sixth edition of which is being played now.
The Rajasthan Royals IPL franchise is co-owned by Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty.
IPL Spot-Fixing code: Watch, Locket & Handkerchief
The spot-fixing racket involving IPL Franchise Rajasthan Royals cricketers Sreesanth, Ajit Chandia and Ankeet Chavan have stunned the cricket lovers all over the World.
Here are the details of Rajasthan Royals cricketers spot-fixing:
All the three cricketers were asked to bowl tight first over not conceding more than 5 runs. In the second over, the players were asked to concede more than 14 runs.
Spot-Fixing signal: Rotate Watch, pulling out a locket or untuck the shirt, displaying a handkerchief.
For the match against Kings X1 Punjab on May 9th, Sreesanth was to give away 14 runs in the second over for the deal of Rs 60 lakh. He conceded jus 4 runs in the first over and then took out a handkerchief to signal the bookies in the second over. He even delayed the over for giving ample time to the bowlers to place the bets. He ended up giving away 14 runs by the end of the over.
For the match against Pune Warriors on May 5th, Ajit Chandila has to give away 14 runs in the second over for Rs 60 lakhs. However, he forgot to give the signal to the bookies to placed the bets and conceded 14 runs. The cricketer had a heated argument with the bookies over money aspects and he was forced to return Rs 20 lakhs.
For the match against Mumbai Indians on May 15, Ankeet Chavan conceded just 2 runs in the first over and given away 15 runs in the second over after sending the signal to the bookies.
Delhi Police Commissioner revealed the involvement of underworld in the spot-fixing scandal. Few more arrests are likely to happen in the near future.
Dhoni & Harbhajan behind Sreesanth’s arrest
Cricketer Sreesanth’s father Shanthakumaran Nair made shocking allegations against Indian skipper MS Dhoni and spinner Harbhajan Singh following the arrest of son in connection with the spot-fixing scandal.
Mr Nair accused the two cricketers of conspiring to end the career of his Son. “Dhoni and Harbhajan conspired to finish his crciketing career. The skipper had executed this with the help of a deputy superintendent of police in Punjab. Dhoni had told Sree recently that he won’t don the Indian cap again,” told the elderly gentleman while addressing the media.
The allegations of Mr Nair might land the family of Sreesanth in more troubles as Dhoni and Harbhajan might taken legal action for dragging them into controversy unnecessarily by making false remarks.
Of course, Controversies are not new for Sreesanth. The slap gate episode between him and Harbhajan in 2008 has been a sensation. Recently, the pacer called Harbhajan as a backstabber while speaking about the incident with his twitter followers.
The three cricketers (Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan) who were arrested on charged of spot-fixing in IPL were playing for franchise Rajasthan Royals.