New Delhi: The BCCI has responded to an IPL 5 match-fixing sting operation done by an Indian TV channel, saying they are examining the tapes to confirm whether the claims have any veracity. The board's honorary secretary Sanjay Jagdale released a statement a couple of hours after the news of the operation broke out.
"Some TV channels have been reporting a story pertaining to alleged unacceptable practices by players participating in the IPL. The BCCI will not tolerate any violation of regulations and any act of corruption. The complete footage of the 'sting operation', will be sought and examined thoroughly. The GC [Governing Council] will meet on an emergent basis to review the footage and take appropriate strict action," it read.
Earlier, the TV channel reported that many Indian and international players were involved in match-fixing. A few owners were also involved in influencing the outcome of the matches. Some players in the sting operation also disclosed that they have tried to negotiate a bigger financial contract with some of the other IPL franchises, a serious non-adherence to the IPL player guidelines. Once the deal is finalised the players are paid under the table. Also that the match-fixing was not only prevalent in the IPL but also in the first class matches with beautiful women playing a key role.
When asked about the sting operation, BCCI chief N Srinivasan said, "We will ensure that the integrity of the game is protected. BCCI believes in the integrity of the game. We will take the strictest possible action. We will have to have the tapes and the moment we see it, whoever is the player, we will take very very strict action."
"If there is any truth in it ... It is a fact that we will take strictest action. Even if it means suspending the player immediately. But [that has to be] based on some evidence and fact, for which I have asked the COO of IPL, Sundar Raman, to request for the tape."