New Delhi: The BCCI on Tuesday termed the spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and other domestic competitions as "disturbing" and said it would take strict action against those found guilty of indulging in corrupt practices. "The footage that was shown by a television channel [India TV] was very disturbing," BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said.
"There has been an immediate action proposed by the BCCI president [N Srinivasan], and strong action will be taken against those found guilty," he added. The channel claimed that it had done a sting operation in which many IPL players confessed on a hidden camera that they get much more money under the table than their prescribed auction fees.
According to the channel, its operation also revealed that spot-fixing is not only prevalent in the IPL but also in first class matches. "We will not tolerate any such thing. BCCI has zero tolerance when it comes to corruption and dope related issues. This footage is very disturbing for the BCCI," said Shetty.
Shetty also informed that the BCCI president has also sought the TV channel to provide the board with the CD of the "complete footage" so that they can examine it thoroughly. "The Board has written a letter to the channel and has asked for the CD and gets an access to whatever was displayed. The BCCI will fully inquire into the issue," he added.
Meanwhile, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla also said that strict action will be taken against players involved in any act of corruption. "We have the meeting of the Governing Council at 1430 today. We will not tolerate any such activities and whatever report we receive, we will take very strict action. In the past also, BCCI has not spared anyone [involved in fixing]," Shukla said.
Asked if the ICC's anti-corruption has sought a report from the BCCI on this issue, Shukla said, "This is a domestic tournament, so the ICC doesn't ask for a report on this. But we have asked ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit to look into the matter."
Kings XI Punjab players Shalabh Srivastava and Amit Yadav, Pune Warriors India’s Mohnish Mishra, Deccan Chargers’ TP Sudhindra were shown in the sting operation.