3 Rajasthan Royals players have been arrested by Delhi police for their involvement in spot fixing. The players are named S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila. According to Delhi police, the player were arrested for cheating and fraud cases. The cases occurred on May 6 against the Pune Warriors, May 9 against Kings XI Punjab and against the Mumbai Indians on May 15. All 3 of the arrested players are bowlers who appeared in numerous IPL (Indian Premier League) matches. Sreesanth has also played for Indian national cricket team. The police also told media that they have recorded conversations which include the voices of Sreesanth, off-spinner Ajit Chandila and left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan. Police also suspected the involvement of Delhi Underworld and D-Company run by Dawood Ibrahim.
Since its launch, IPL has been the home of spot fixing and match fixing cases. Last year, 5 players, all of whom were Indian, were arrested for match fixing charges.
BCCI have also took action on the players enforcing an immediate suspension due to the police being involved asking the players questions.
As of now, the three players Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and Sreesanth stand suspended pending inquiry. All information required to bring the persons involved to book will be collected and strictest action will be taken, if found guilty.”
“We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything,” Rajasthan Royals said in a statement. “We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game.