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IPL 6 spot-fixing stain spreads, more players, underworld links under probe

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May 18, 2013 at 08:57am IST

New Delhi: The IPL 6 spot-fixing stain is fast spreading and sources are saying the police are now focusing on the role of underworld and more players in the scandal. There have also been reports that spot-fixing might have taken place in previous IPL editions too. The Delhi Police Special cell, which brought the scandal to the limelight, is also looking for the money trails in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

On Friday, there were three distinct developments in the investigation and each of them can potentially damage the future of the Indian cricket. The first development was the revelation made by Ankeet Chavan, who was arrested by the Delhi Police along with S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila in Mumbai. Chavan reportedly told interrogators that two more Rajasthan Royals players, both batsmen, were approached by bookies. While one of the players is reportedly an Indian, the other is an international player as allegedly claimed by Chavan.

Even as Sreesanth claimed innocence through his lawyer, there were reports on Friday night that he had admitted to the Delhi Police investigation team to having engaged in spot-fixing. But his lawyer Deepak Prakash refuted reports saying his client was innocent and that he had made no confessions.

The third big development in the probe came from Mumbai. One of the bookies Ramesh Vyas, during his interrogation in Mumbai, has reportedly specific leads about the kingpin in the scandal. He reportedly told that Dubai-based bookie Sunil Abhichandani aka Sunil Dubai was the alleged kingpin in the scandal. Sunil Dubai had reportedly also approached players, including Australian and Sri Lankan players, in the 2009 edition of the IPL. Vyas allegedly admitted that spot-fixing has been attempted in the last three editions of the IPL.

Meanwhile, sources said the Delhi Police has started investigating claims made by the arrested bookies that spot-fixing may have taken place in up to 15 IPL matches this year. Interrogators are, however, now certain that a massive international syndicate with a London-Dubai-India-Pakistan link has been controlling betting in IPL games with Indian bookies handling local operations.

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