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Spot-fixing rocks IPL: Sreesanth, two other Rajasthan Royals' players arrested
Kerala boy S Sreesanth and two other players belonging to the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League team have been arrested by the Delhi Police and...
Kerala boy S Sreesanth and two other players belonging to the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League team have been arrested by the Delhi Police and charged with spot-fixing in the on-going tournament. Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, were arrested in a secret swoop at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai, where they were staying. Along with the players, the police have also arrested seven bookies. Police sources said the players have been accused of spot-fixing in different matches over a month's period. According to the Delhi police, the matches in which the players could have been involved are Rajasthan vs Kings XI Punjab in Mohali, Rajasthan vs Pune Warriors in Jaipur and A Rajasthan Vs Mumbai Indians in Mumbai.A The Delhi Police have said that the arrests were part of an investigation conducted over 6 months by the special cell of the Delhi Police into alleged spot-fixing in the IPL. Reacting on this fiasco, the Rajasthan Royals franchise, which is co-owned by Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, has said in statement that, "We are completely taken by surprise... 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." 30-year-old Sreesanth, has played 53 ODIs and 27 Tests for India. Sreesanth is however not new to controversy at all. He infamous tiff with spinner Harbhajan Singh in the 2008 edition of the IPL will remain etched in people's mind Chandila, 29, has played for Haryana and the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL previously. Chavan, 27, has played for Mumbai.A Spot fixing is the manipulation of a particular ball or wicket in a cricket tournament, which is then betted upon. Betting on sports is illegal in India but is allegedly big business in the IPL and isA run by underground syndicates in Mumbai and other parts of the country. Sources said bookies often operate out of vehicles now to avoid detection.