‘Spot fixing’ is an evil in the game of cricket that just refuses to go away. The IPL has been marred by some terrible controversies in the past and it looks like ‘spot fixing’ has reared its ugly head again. A day after the Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils match, the police got wind of a potential IPL betting racket and stormed the hotel in which the suspects were staying.
The police had raided the Landmark hotel in Kanpur and made three arrests including Ramesh Shah. Shah is a well known Mumbai mastermind who has been on the wanted list for a very time.
The police found Rs 41 lakhs in cash and five mobile phones from the three suspects. Shah’s accomplices were Vikas Chauhan and Ramesh Kumar who are both from Kanpur.
The BCCI issued a statement after the suspects were arrested in which they spoke about how they have been tracking such illegal practices very closely.
“The anti corruption unit of the BCCI has been tracking activities of certain individuals, as a result of which, three suspects were arrested in Kanpur, on Thursday. The Uttar Pradesh police crime branch could successfully foil the alleged betting attempts of the accused. This was an outcome of the ACU of the BCCI, having worked closely with various law enforcement agencies, who will continue further investigations, in this matter.”
The IPL has already had its fair share of trouble with ‘spot fixing’ in the past. But it looks like those bad experiences have made them more careful and stringent when it comes to preventing betting scandals in the future.