The match-fixing scandal of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) has led to the arrest of two Indian domestic cricketers, wicket-keeper-batsman CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi of Mizoram.
It has also been announced that the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of the BCCI, Ajit Singh, will meet the president of the BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, to discuss the whole issue that once again poses a corruption risk for Indian cricket.
“There are two points here. When the Bangalore police file its charge sheet, its investigation will be complete. We’ll take a copy of that charge-sheet. Secondly, there are some people against whom we have also launched our inquiry. We’re taking their statements and allowing them to defend themselves. After that, we’ll propose the necessary action to the Board,” Singh told.
Singh said, “They’re ‘participants.’ It’s a wide definition, which includes, players and support staff, or anyone. However, we can’t give you the names until we complete the inquiry. We’re in touch with the police. If we’ve something, we pass it on to them because they have the legal authority to take care of a much wider spectrum. We can only take action against the ‘participants,’ but they can do that against the others, like the bookies, too. We can’t act against the bookies.”
He thought that the progress since the outbreak of the scandal would have a far-reaching effect that would lead to a much cleaner KPL next season. “I feel that after the action that has been taken, the impact will be far-reaching. Maybe, the next edition of KPL will be cleaner than what it was,” he hoped.