The former Board of Control for Cricket in India President Anurag Thakur has asked the executives to finally disclose the names of 13 cricketers who were allegedly involved in the infamous spot-fixing scandal in the cash-rich Indian Premier League in 2013.
Since 2013, the reports were doing the rounds in the cricketing circle causing chaos amongst the masses. Things have happened behind the scenes and the secret is hidden. Some cricketers are yet to come to the light of the spot-fixing case.
To put a full stop to all those confusions, a strong evidence regarding the cricketers who were involved in the spot-fixing case has come under scanner with a report submitted by G Sampath Kumar (SP, Railways) to the Justice Mukul Mudgal.
Shockingly, the report had the big names of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina in it. This comes as a serious shock to the fans as well. An envelope containing the evidence was already handed over to the Supreme Court by the Mudgal Committee in February 2014.
Though there were not at any final thoughts on the big case, Anurag Thakur has urged the officials to let out the 13 cricketers’ names. According to Thakur, the envelope was never opened by the Supreme Court ever since it was submitted.
“For me, individuals are not important. The institution is important. I am not bothered about any ‘A’ or ‘B’ player. I am only concerned about BCCI as an institution. The envelope containing the name of the cricketers was never opened by the Court, which means the issue from where the entire episode started wasn’t resolved.
But other issues against the BCCI were opened. If anyone is involved in match-fixing or unethical practice, there must be a harsher punishment because no name is bigger than the game,” Anurag Thakur told The Times of India.
“Certain A, B or C players are roaming free after so many years. They are sitting in TV studios. The same TV channels and newspapers which wrote against them on fixing and betting, they have called them cricket experts. So, there has to be some law and harsher punishment for such individuals and activities,” he continued.
“I am approaching Parliament with this bill. The bill aims to curb the menace of match-fixing, age fraud and sexual harassment in sports. It could be introduced in the winter or the budget session. The moment it is introduced, the debate will start. Betting, however, is not a part of it,” he added.
“If you look back at Oct 1, 2016, BCCI had accepted more than 90 percent of reforms. For the rest, we went back to the SC. Has anything has changed since then? It’s been more than 13 months but we have made no headway. The only thing which has changed is that BCCI has lost its position globally. BCCI has lost crores in revenue,” he said.