Chennai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), after its emergency meeting in Chennai on Sunday, has said it will not hesitate to take swift and strong action against any player found guilty of malpractice or illegal activities in the IPL or otherwise. While maintaining that the BCCI was "handicapped" when it comes to control over bookies, the board president N Srinivasan said the BCCI has decided to initiate a probe into the three of the four arrested players - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - and that it will act accordingly once its disciplinary committee receives a report from its chief anti-corruption officer, Ravi Sawani.
Speaking to the press after an hour-and-a-half long meeting, Srinivasan also said that the Rajasthan Royals franchise will file an FIR against the arrested players.
"The actions taken in future will be based on recommendations we are provided, to ensure stricter monitoring of players. We won't hesitate to take ruthless action against the player found guilty," said Srinivasan. "The BCCI will not cover up anybody; our actions must be fair. We will act after the disciplinary committee's report proves the players guilty.
"We will intensify the existing vigilance program that we have. We will put in place all measures to the maximum level to monitor player behavior and educate the players so that such matters to not happen again," he added.
The BCCI has decided to restrict access to players during IPL matches by making it necessary for all player agents to obtain accreditation from the board as well as by appointing a member of its ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) official to each franchise. The head of the ICC's ACSU, YP Singh, as well as Sawani were present. Sawani has been appointed to look into the disciplinary actions that need to be taken against the accused players and will submit a report to the BCCI's disciplinary committee for further action, said Srinivasan.
"We never encourage betting. The police have to act. The anti-corruption unit had educated the players before the start of the tournament and the players have signed. There was nothing more left to be done," said Srinivasan. "We have no information from the police on other players being involved. The information that the ICC has informed us about malpractices is wrong, the ICC themselves have confirmed this. We can say only three players are wrong, not the IPL."
Several members of the IPL governing council, including the league chairman Rajiv Shukla, were not physically present at the meeting but engaged via video conference. The Rajasthan Royals' chairman and team manager had also been called to attend the meeting.