New Delhi: Shocked by the recently surfaced spot-fixing scandal, BCCI president N Srinivasan said the board will not hesitate in taking the strongest possible action against anyone who will be found guilty.
"[I'm] shocked and upset. [We] won't hesitate in taking strictest action. The IPL [Governing Council] has already suspended the three players. We will give full cooperation to the police," Srinivasan told reporters from Kodaikanal in a video conference.
Srinivasan also expressed his sadness, saying it happened despite the BCCI having an anti corruption cell. "What is shocking is that players are involved [despite] we having an Anti-corruption cell working. We have an Anti-Doping Code and Anti-Doping body in place yet this has happened," Srinivasan.
"We acted the moment we got the information. It is difficult to keep track of everyone. We will take this up with ICC as well."
The BCCI chief also rejected the argument that the players are being underpaid and that's the reason they are indulging in corrupt practices. "I don't think it is a case of players not having enough money. You can call it greed, not a question of inadequate compensation."
"We thought when we made an example last year [by banning five domestic cricketers involved in spot-fixing]. We thought the message was clear and people would not do anything like this. But we will continue with our efforts. The action that we take against these players would be sufficient deterrent," he added.
In a sensational development, Indian speedster S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals team-mates were on Thursday arrested on charges of spot-fixing, throwing the cash-rich IPL into its biggest crisis till date.
A special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and his team-mates - Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - along with seven bookies last night after their team's IPL match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
While Sreesanth was picked up in Delhi from his friend's residence, Chavan and Chandila were arrested from the team hotel at Nariman Point in Mumbai.
The cricketers and bookies had been charged under sections 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and brought to Delhi for further questioning.