Rajiv Shukla says strict action will be taken if players are found guilty

Last Updated: Sun, May 19, 2013 13:10 hrs

Chennai, May 19 (ANI): The Vice President of the Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI), Rajiv Shukla on Sunday said strict actions would be taken if the players are found guilty after the Working Committee submits its report.

Shukla said: "In the Working Committee meeting of the BCCI, it was decided that strict action would be taken on all those who indulge in betting and match fixing. The accused players are already suspended. And Ravi Sawani (anti corruption chief) who is probing the case will submit his report as soon as possible. And once the report is available then after discussing the details, appropriate punishment would be awarded to the players."

Meanwhile, the BCCI, accepted that they were not in a position to control spot-fixing in wake of the spot-fixing row which involves three Rajasthan Royals players.

BCCI President N. Srinivasan said, "Each team will have an Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) officer apart from that Ravi Sawani has been appointed as the commissioner to probe into spot-fixing allegations.

"For the last three-four days, BCCI-bashing and IPL-bashing has taken place as if the whole world has fallen down. Only three players have allegedly done something. It doesn't mean the whole IPL is bad. We are very grateful to the public that has sold out grounds despite the news. We are very very grateful for the public to come out in support of cricket," Srinivasan said.

"As far as RTI is concerned we are a private body. So it is not applicable to us. RTI isn't going to stop spot-fixing. Every domestic match is videographed. We will intensify the education programme we have. The way to attack is to educate the players of how this works and action on players will only be taken after report comes," President BCCI further added.

Srinivasan said: "ACU of ICC has got certain limits. They cannot gather certain info as the police can. There are a lot of restrictions. We should look within them. The education programme of ICC and BCCI has been successful in the fact that a lot of players have understood what they should or should not be doing. We cannot control and police every bookie in town."

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals has filed an FIR against the three arrested players for cheating the public. (ANI)

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