Mohnish Mishra, Shalabh Srivastava, TP Sudhindra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali were not quite the famous five before IPL V began.
But they had fame, or rather infamy, thrust upon them after a sting operation by an Indian news channel.
The players allegedly blew the lid off spot fixing in the IPL and the dispensation of black money by franchise owners. The BCCI promptly suspended them and announced an enquiry.
Mishra apologised for his 'frivolous' claim of receiving black money. According to his employer, Sahara, he made the comments "to develop his value or maybe he wanted to be pompous in front of others during the course of discussion."
Srivastava, however, refused to go down without all guns blazing. "I have not been playing IPL matches because of an injury and I am not even in the squad of 15. I am in Lucknow for the past one month, so how can I fix matches? I am resting at home so how can I promise somebody to bowl no balls," he asked.
Image: In this photograph taken on May 13, 2011 Kings XI Punjab fielder Shalabh Srivastava stops a ball during the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Kings XI Punjab at The Nehru Stadium in Indore.