Chennai, May 19 (IBNS) India's cricket control board on Sunday pleaded helplessness over the presence of bookies running spot fixing rackets and said they would take strong action against the arrested Indian Premier League (IPL) players if their guilt was proved while stopping short of spelling out what the action could be like.
After a crucial meeting of the working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) here in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal involving three IPL players, Board president N Srinivasan said: "It is only after the report [of inquiry by BCCI inquiry commissioner Ravi Sawani] that any action can be taken. We have made it clear that we will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action."
He said the internal inquiry will be conducted quickly and the report by the Inquiry Commissioner will go to the BCCI Disciplinary Committee for further action.
Rajasthan Royals players Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested along with 11 bookies from Mumbai on Thursday for their role in spot-fixing.
"The mistake if at all is the greed of the player. Everybody is innocent till proven guilty. We are not covering up for anybody. Our actions must be fair. We will go through the process. If found guilty we will act very sternly," said Srinivasan.
He said police must stop such practices by bookies. He said BCCI is not police and so it does not have any power to control the bookies. "We are handicapped, we have no control over bookies," he said.
"We have to observe all canons of natural justice. We have rules, BCCI´s own system. If players are found guilty we will not hesitate to act ruthlessly. We have a disciplinary committee, we go by the committee," he said.
"If you look at this whole incident it is a question of three players who have done something wrong. As far as BCCI is concerned we go by the report of our Inquiry Commissioner. We will not hesitate to act but only against guilty, not others," he said.
"We have engaged the services of ICC. They are monitoring it. We go by their advice," he said.
He said now on players´ agents have to be accredited and each team will have Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) officials.
"Access to players will be monitored strictly," he said.
He said even though BCCI has been accused of being lax, anti corruption committee of ICC had educated the players before the tournament.
"It is not as if nothing has been done. All these have been done in great detail. Every player signed it," he said.
Hours after three cricketers were arrested on Thursday, the Delhi Police revealed the nexus between the players and confirmed the involvement of Mumbai ´underworld´ in the scam. In the media the buzz is about Dawood Ibrahim´s crime syndicate D-Company´s shadow over the IPL scam.
Earlier on Saturday, police apprehended bookie Ramesh Vyas for his alleged involvement. According to reports, Vyas also has close links to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
According to the Police, Vyas had links with Sunil Dubai, who served as the mediator between the bookies and Dawood Ibrahim´s brother Anees Ibrahim.
The Mumbai Police had reportedly seized laptops,iPad, mobile phone, cash, data card, a diary which appears in the handwriting of Sreesanth from the hotel.
Moreover, the Police also nabbed a close aide of Sreesanth, Jiju Janardhanan, who dealt with other bookies on behalf of Sreesanth, from the same hotel and recovered an iPad from his possession.
Giving details of the spot fixing scandal that rocked the ongoing cash-rich IPL, Delhi Police Commissioner, Neeraj Kumar said three matches were fixed.
The Delhi Police also showed video footage against all the cricketers who were arrested in connection with the scam.
The police is scanning the various IPL matches, including those not involving Rajasthan Royals, to spot anomalies based on taped conversations of bookies.