The biggest and the most expensive contest, The Indian Premier League (IPL) has got a new turn. A last over clincher, a one sided game, super stars, foreign players, is it all scripted? Fixed? The betting scams, players involved in spot fixing, bosses controlling the game, are they not enough to tell the story?
Earlier, One of the most popular and successful IPL franchise, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK), found themselves under the Enforcement Directorate (ED) scanner when the agency sought details regarding the undervaluation of the franchise.
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As part of the process of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) boss N. Srinivasan distancing itself from CSK, owned by his company India Cements Ltd., following a Supreme Court order citing conflict of interest, the India Cements proposed to transfer control of the franchise to a trust, at only Rs.5 lakh.
According to an estimate, CSK pays Rs.40 crore as annual franchisee fee and spends over Rs.60 crore on players' remuneration every year.
The BCCI has now sought legal opinion on the issue.
Spelling more trouble, Lalit Kumar Modi made a sensational claim that at least four CSK players were involved in match fixing.
Referring to the Justice Mudgal Committee which has submitted its report on IPL spot fixing to the Supreme Court, Modi earlier in the month tweeted:
Modi also claimed that "9,000- 10,000 crore of rupees per game" was being cast as bets in the IPL.
The fixing demon again haunted the tourney when Rajasthan Royals disclosed that one its cricketers was approached for fixing by a player not part of the IPL. Royals' chief executive officer (CEO) Raghu Iyer claimed the approached player refused the offer and informed his team management, who in turn reported the matter to BCCI's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
Nine people were arrested for allegedly betting in an Indian Premier League match played between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Night Riders. On March 26, Police registered a money laundering case against two prime suspects and a few others in an alleged IPL betting racket worth Rs 4,000 crore. Gujarat being the one of the prime venues of the IPL 2015, is a spot fixing or a fixing case possible? 4,000 crore is not a low amount.
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The BCCI is unlikely to act on the ICC’s letter to its President Jagmohan Dalmiya in which it is alleged that Board Secretary Anurag Thakur was photographed with a suspected bookie during a function in Chandigarh.
Media reports claimed that BCCI was sent a letter by the ICC about Thakur being seen with an alleged bookie Karan Gilhotra.
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There have also been cases where a few players were caught up with the bookies and fixers. In 2013, IPL was caught up with spot fixing scandals, where players, bosses and owners were allegedly involved in spot fixing. Even some famous celebrities who are close to players and franchisee owners were also allegedly involved in betting.
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