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The Board Of Control For Cricket In India
(BCCI) working committee, which will meet
in Chennai on Sunday, is unlikely to impose
a life ban on the four cricketers allegedly
involved in spot-fixing. The emergent work-
ing committee was called to discuss the
implications of the involvement of Sreesanth,
Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and Amit Singh
in the spot-fixing controversy.
While some may perceive it as inaction, the
working committee s decision is influenced
by a constitutional clause. According to the
board s constitution, a life ban cannot be
imposed on a cricketer, who breaches the play-
ers code, for 30 days after an internal inquiry
committee is constituted. "Taking that into
account, it would be unjust to ban the players
for life before the formal and internal inves-
tigations are completed," a BCCI functionary
told ESPNcricinfo, preferring anonymity. "That
doesn t mean the BCCI is taking the matter
lightly. Immediately after Delhi Police arrested
these cricketers, the Board suspended all of
them pending inquiry."
If the BCCI acts in haste and bans players
against the provisions of their constitution,
the decision can be challenged in court.
Apart from briefing all the working com-
mittee members on the information passed
on by Delhi Police, one of the key matters on
the agenda will be to ratify the appointment
of Ravi Sawani to lead the one-man inquiry
commission. Sawani, head of BCCI s newly
formed anti-corruption and security unit
(ACSU), had been appointed to investigate the
matter, IPL chairman, Rajeev Shukla said on
Friday. The BCCI constitution gives its pres-
ident the right to appoint an inquiry com-
mittee, provided the working committee ratifies
it within 48 hours.
Sawani has been invited to attend the meet-
ing along with the ICC s ACSU chief, YP Singh.
Since the BCCI s ACSU is in its nascent stages,
IPL s anti-corruption activities have been out-
sourced to ICC s ACSU for an annual fee of
approximately US$1.2 million. The BCCI top
brass is inclined to review ACSU s mechanism.
It is learned that the board officials will attempt
to identify the loopholes in IPL s security and
discuss means to improve mechanisms that
prevent players from being approached by
With the BCCI facing criticism from all
corners for ignoring the player-bookie nexus
and allowing the fixing syndrome to grow rap-
idly, their decision to discuss the issue in detail
with the ICC ACSU, and not question them,
may be viewed as an exercise to pass the buck.
But a BCCI source clarified that it was a "gen-
uine attempt" to make the system as foolproof
as possible to restore the credibility of the
game. Hours after the Royals players were
arrested in Mumbai in the wee hours of Thurs-
day, a day after their match against Mumbai
Indians, the BCCI suspended all three cricketers
The decision came even before the Delhi
Police publicly revealed the evidence collected
against the cricketers. On Friday, after realising
that former Royals and Gujarat cricketer, Amit
Singh was arrested as a bookie, the BCCI sus-
pended him as well.
Mumbai Police has seized "what appear
to be" the belongings of Sreesanth and Jiju
Janardhan---both arrested by Delhi Police on
spot-fixing allegations---from hotel rooms
booked in their names at a five-star hotel in
Mumbai. The police has received legal per-
mission to take mirror images of the laptop
and also CCTV footage from the hotel to fur-
ther investigate into the whole scandal.
Items seized include laptops, iPads, mobile
phones, diaries written in English and "what
appears to be" Malayalam, and cricket kits.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police
(crime) in Mumbai, said they had reason to
believe the items belonged to Sreesanth and
Janardhan, and that they will be important
clues in the ongoing investigations.
Sreesanth s room was not in the hotel where
the Rajasthan Royals team stayed for their
match against Mumbai Indians. Sreesanth was
reportedly told in Jaipur that he was not playing
the match, and only a compact group of 13
or 14 players was to travel. "Yesterday we
received information that Sreesanth had inde-
pendently booked himself into a five-star
hotel," Roy said. "I say independent because
this is not where his team stayed.
"We worked out that information. Yesterday
we searched two rooms, which were issued
in the names of Sreesanth and Jiju Janardhan.
The search of Sreesanth s room shows that it
was lived in, it was inhabited. We have recov-
ered a laptop, which is here before you, an
iPad, a mobile phone, cash, a data card, some
diaries which appear to be in the handwriting
of Sreesanth---some [in] English, some [in]
what appears to be Malayalam. We have also
recovered some cricket kit, clothing etc.
"The search of the other room shows it was
lived in. We have recovered an iPad, a mobile
phone and some personal belongings." Roy
didn t rule out asking for the custody of
Sreesanth and Janardhan depending on what
their investigations further reveal.
Roy said the hotel rooms were booked by
Tamarind Tours and Travels. "We have tried
to recreate events that led to the booking of
this room," Roy said. "We have reason to
believe Sreeanth and Jiju checked into the
hotel late in the night on the 13th of this
month. We are recreating their movements
on the 14th and the 15th.
"We are also in the process of obtaining
CCTV feed to understand who are the visitors,
if any, who visited him when he was staying
there. What were his movements? We have
obtained the permission to take a mirror image
of the laptops and phones, so that we can
begin the process of analysing these gadgets
to further aid our investigation. We believe
seizure is important given the direction in
which the spot-fixing investigations are head-
On May 14---more than a day before the
three cricketers were arrested---police also
arrested an alleged bookmaker called Ramesh
Vyas from Mumbai s Kalbadevi area. The items
seized there, Roy said, led them to names of
bookies who are also being investigated by
Roy said 13 of the 92 mobile phones seized
from Vyas premises "were used by him to
facilitate connecting Indian bookies with book-
ies in Pakistan via conference call". Roy said
the police has arrested two more bookies---
named Praveen Bera and Pankaj Shah (alias
Lotus, alias Pappu)---subsequent to that first
arrest. Cases have been registered under the
Gambling Act and Indian Penal Code sections
that pertain to cheating and forgery. All charges
are non-bailable, Roy said.
STOCKHOLM---The Sedin twins are
providing exactly the kind of lift Swe-
den had hoped for when they joined
up for the ice hockey world champi-
Henrik Sedin scored a goal and had
two assists yesterday to Sweden in the
final with a 3-0 victory over fellow co-
host and Nordic rival Finland.
Brother Daniel Sedin also assisted on
Sweden s first two goals, both scored
by Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson
on power plays.
Henrik Sedin then added the third
into an empty net in the last minute.
The twins joined up with the team
after the Vancouver Canucks were swept
by the San Jose Sharks in the first round
of the NHL playoffs, and have six points
each in three games
Sweden will play the winner of the
second semifinal between the US and
Switzerland for the gold medal on Sun-
Sreesanth's belongings seized---Mumbai Police
Mumbai Police has seized "what appear to
be" the belongings of Sreesanth.
BCCI unlikely to
impose life ban
Alleged suspects in the IPL spot-fixing case are brought to a Delhi court on Thursday in Delhi.
Sweden beats Finland to reach hockey worlds final
IPL SPOT-FIXING CONTROVERSY
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