The tenth edition of the IPL is heading towards its conclusion as the Mumbai Indians will take on the Rising Pune Supergiants in the first qualifier later tonight at the Wankhede stadium. But while we prepare for an exhilarating cricket match on the field, an old foe is threatening to rear its ugly head again. News has just filtered in that the IPL Spot Fixing saga has taken a turn for the worse, as three well-known Gujarat Lions players may have been at the center of this incident.
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.
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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.
Now we have new information regarding the same, as CCTV footage shows us that three ‘top tier’ Gujarat Lions players were seen entering the hotel room along with the three bookies. Interestingly, two of the players are former Chennai Super Kings players. As we all know, the Chennai Super Kings franchise is currently facing a temporary ban over alleged spot fixing accusations in the past editions of the IPL.
What is surprising to know is that well known bookie, Bunty, walked out of the hotel without being caught by the police. As per reports of the DNA, Bunty was overheard speaking to someone from Dubai saying, “Gujarat’s players have been managed and they will lose the game.”
The Gujarat Lions proceeded to lose their next match even though they posted a very high score of 195 which prompted a lot of questions.
Speaking about the incident, a BCCI official had the following to say,
“As per BCCI’s constitution, ACSU reports directly to Board president. Since the Board is in shambles right now, it is the duty of Committee of Administrators (COA) to ensure that thorough investigation is carried out in this case. ACSU chief was the Delhi’s police commissioner then. If he failed to nail any player then, how can you expect a different outcome now when he has no power whatsoever?”