IPL 2013: Sreesanth Among Three Rajasthan Royals Players Arrested for Spot-Fixing

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May 16, 2013 03:05 AM EDT
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Rajasthan Royals bowler S Sreesanth reacts during an IPL 2013 game against RCB, April 29"


Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth was arrested, along with two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates for alleged spot-fixing in IPL 2013.

Police from Delhi took the three players - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - into custody on Wednesday night after the Royals played their IPL 2013 game against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.

The news comes as quite a shock, with Sreesanth a well known player for India having represented his country in 27 Tests, 52 one-day internationals and 10 T20s.

According to reports, the police have been tracking the players for quite a while over suspicions of spot-fixing, and made their move right after the conclusion of the match on Wednesday, which the Mumbai Indians won by 14 runs.

The Rajasthan Royals expressed their surprise at the arrests and said they were cooperating with the investigation.

"We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot-fixing in matches," the franchise said in a statement. "We are completely taken by surprise.

"We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything. 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."

Spot-fixing has dogged the game of cricket ever since three Pakistani players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Amir - were found guilty for bowling pre-arranged no-balls in a Test match against England in 2011.

The ICC gave them major bans for the incident and it remains to be seen how far the investigation goes in this matter, with the IPL sure to be under tremendous pressure to come down hard on the players, if they are found guilty.

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