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Match-fixing deluge could drown IPL
As of now, these are just allegations against two IPL players but BCCI needs to probe it..

ONLY LAST year, the whole cricketing world was shocked after three Pakistani cricketers were sentenced in a spot-fixing scandal in London. The punishment, however was welcomed at various quarters given the fact it was exemplary and could act as deterrent to keep all cricketers away from the menace. But that was not to be – a fast bowler playing for Kings XI Punjab has allegedly been caught on tape, demanding Rs 10 lakh to bowl a deliberate no-ball during an IPL game.

Though Shalab Shrivastava has denied the spot-fixing charge and claimed that the audio clip was doctored but the Board of Control for Cricket in India has made it clear that fixing wouldn't be tolerated and the player would be immediately suspended, if found guilty. Shrivastava told NDTV that voice in the telephonic conversation was not his. “It is very easy to frame anyone with a doctored audio clip,” he alleged.

Another IPL player, TP Sudhindhra, who plays for Deccan Chargers has also allegedly been caught on tape, purportedly accepting bribe during a domestic match. The bowler is seen on camera asking for Rs. 40,000 to bowl a no-ball during an Indore T20 League match, according to NDTV.

Since players involved in IPL are paid huge sums of money still if they resort to such activities would set a bad precedent both for the game and the league that has been entertaining millions across the globe.

Though a BCCI anti-corruption unit is dealing with these cases but one would expect that the Board acts impartially so that such incidents are not repeated in future. Right now these are just separate incidents but they could become institutionalised, if the board fails to act in time.

Former IPL chaiman Lalit Modi has already cleared the players, saying that the allegations are baseless. But analysts and cricket experts haven't jumped into conclusions. Harsha Bhogle, a commentaor and an analyst wrote on Twitter that he can't express his opinion unless the veracity of sting operation and tapes is confirmed.

The accused also need to be heard and allowed to present their side as well but that doesn't give BCCI any justification to just keep waiting and watching. It should make sure that its anti-corruption units are working tirelessly so that the menace isn't institutionalised.

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