24 October, 2020

Cross-Batted Flounders

The Mudgal report on IPL corruption names five players, as top guns resist capitulation for now

Cross-Batted Flounders

An IPL Game Of Spot, Bet And Fix

How it all started

  • The IPL betting and match-fixing scam became public when the Pune and Kochi teams were disqualified
  • The Kochi team had already seen a controversy involving Shashi Tharoor and the now-deceased Sunanda Pushkar
  • The Tharoor row led to the exit of IPL founder-commissioner Lalit Modi and his row with BCCI chief N. Srinivasan

What we know now

  • The conduct of at least 12 players, including two Australians, invited the scrutiny of Justice Mukul Mudgal
  • Indians include five members of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad, two of whom are from the same IPL team
  • The owners of at least three IPL teams are believed to be involved in the match-fixing racket
  • Nearly 70 per cent of players are believed to be involved in betting on matches indirectly, if not directly
  • Given the high purchase costs, team owners and associates have an added...


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