24 June, 2021

Any More Bets?

Forget Hansiegate. There is taped evidence to prove Indian team members too were on the take.

Any More Bets?

The Hansie Cronje cricket scam has prised open a veritable can of worms which has already put a black mark on the game in South Africa. But Cronje’s case is just the tip of the iceberg. Outlook’s continuing investigations since 1997 into the betting/match-fixing scandal has revealed that at least four Indian players, past and present, were actively involved in match-fixing and betting in some way or the other. The players against whom serious allegations are being levelled are Kapil Dev, Mohammed Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Nayan Mongia. These names have been knocking around for quite some time now. Following Cronje’s admission of guilt, sources have been more forthcoming.

However, more players could be involved. But without a formal investigation by any agency, match-fixing remains a clouded issue. Much of the evidence relating to match-fixing comes from the investigations conducted in the mid-’90s by the crime branch of the Mumbai police and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (dri). Like in the Cronje case, both agencies stumbled upon the...

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