NEW DELHI (TIP): Rajasthan Royals pacer S Sreesanth on May 17 confessed to spot-fixing in the domestic T20 league. “Sreesanth has confessed to spot-fixing. He was teary eyed during interrogation,” a Delhi Police official said. Cricketer Ankit Chavan was the first to accept his role in spot-fixing during questioning by the Delhi Police which secured the five-day custody of the players and 11 bookies arrested from various locations on May 16. The third player, Ajit Chandila, is yet to accept the charges. Chandila is also learnt to have approached two more domestic T20 league players to be part of the spot fixing. At a club in Manesar, he had named two players who could be roped in for the betting deal. The bookies had asked him to bring them to a party where the deal could be discussed. And when the two cricketers refused to attend the party, he contacted Ankit Chavan who agreed to be part of the deal.
The arrest of more players in the spot-fixing racket can’t be ruled out, joint commissioner of Mumbai Police Himanshu Roy told a news channel. He said the involvement of the Dawood Ibrahim network was possible and the investigations will be heading in that direction. Tamil Nadu police meanwhile arrested six more bookies during raids on Thursday night and Friday morning, taking the total number of arrested bookies to 17. Country’s premier cricketing body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, suspended Gujarat pacer Amit Singh who, during his stint with Rajasthan Royals, had been allegedly used by the bookies to fix deals with cricketers. BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said its working committee will discuss the arrest of the three cricketers at an emergency meeting on Sunday.