Three domestic Indian cricketers – TP Sudhindra, Shalabh Srivastava and Mohnish Mishra – have allegedly been caught in a sting operation on spot-fixing in the ongoing IPL conducted by a Hindi news channel. The BCCI has reacted by saying it would seek complete footage of the television channel's sting operation before deciding if any action needed to be taken.
Here's a look at who these three – incidentally all former Indian Cricket League (ICL) players – are:
In a domestic career spanning almost seven years, the 28-year-old pace-bowling allrounder has made 27 first-class, 21 List A and 27 Twenty20 appearances. Sudhindra earned an IPL contract with Deccan Chargers in 2012 on the back of an impressive Ranji Trophy season for Madhya Pradesh. Sudhindra was the leading wicket-taker in the Elite division with 40 wickets at an average of 18.70.
In 2009, he returned to the domestic fray after the BCCI granted to 79 Indian players who had ended their association with the now defunct ICL. Sudhindra played for the Delhi Jets in the unofficial league.
In the sting conducted by an Indian news channel, Sudhindra purportedly agreed to bowl a no-ball for Rs 50,000 in an Indore local league match when he was approached by the channel's reporters in April 2011. Images on the channel showed him bowling a huge no-ball on the second ball of his first over.
A former Under-19 player for India who failed to break into the bigger leagues, left-arm pacer Srivastava had been instrumental in Uttar Pradesh's Ranji triumph in the 2005-06 season. However, he was part of a player exodus from UP to Railways in 2007, following which he joined the ICL. Like Sudhindra, Srivastava was in 2009 admitted back into the domestic fold after he severed ties with the unofficial league.
Srivastava has an impressive record of 130 first-class wickets at 31.65 in 41 matches, but has not played a first-class match for UP since December 2010. In 2010 he earned a contract with Kings XI Punjab and managed eight matches, taking six wickets at 42.50. In the 2011 IPL season Srivastava took eight wickets from six matches. He has yet to play a match in IPL 5.
In their sting operation, the Hindi news channel claimed that Srivastava agreed to spot-fix if he was paid Rs 10 lakh to bowl a no-ball in the IPL. Srivastava has denied any involvement in fixing.
The 28-year-old Mishra is a talented batsman on the domestic circuit, owning a first-class batting average of 44.86 and 39.76 in List A matches.
Having returned to the domestic scene after leaving the ICL – in which he played for Delhi Giants – Mishra was instrumental in helping MP return to the Elite division of the Ranji Trophy in 2010-2011 with 543 runs. He had credited his time in the ICL and then for Deccan Chargers in the IPL as being instrumental in finding form in first-class cricket. In IPL 3, Mishra played 11 matches for Deccan followed by six matches for Pune Warriors in 2011.
The sting operation quoted him as saying, "franchisees pay black money to us players. Pune gave me Rs 1.5 crore, out of which Rs 1.2 crore was black money."