Sreesanth’s Discrimination Allegations Rejected By BCCI’s Anti-Corruption UnitNovember 03, 2017 13:09
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Sreesanth’s Discrimination Allegations Rejected By BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit:- Banned fast bowler S Sreesanth’s allegations of discrimination against the governing body, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were dismissed Neeraj Kumar, the Chief of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. Separate rules are being carried on him and is being singled out by the BCCI, claimed the bowler.
“I don’t think there is any discrimination. Even the other banned players are also not playing international cricket. If they are playing at some local level where the BCCI doesn’t come into picture, we are not aware of it,” Kumar told a leading news channel.
“Sreesanth can plead that he is innocent, but according to us he is guilty. He can contest the charges as a citizen and it’s under judicial process so I can’t comment,” he added.
In 2013, the BCCI banned Sreesanth for his alleged role in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing. Earlier, an order was passed by a single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court which stated to lift the bowler’s life- ban. But, the life time ban imposed by the BCCI on Sreesanth, was upheld by a division bench of the Kerala High Court.
The corruption has been up-rooted form top-level cricket, further claimed Mr. Kumar. “I believe that corruption at the higher levels of tier ‘A’ games has completely died down,” he said.
“We have noticed corruption at lower levels of cricket, like T20 leagues. We have taken action in collaboration with the police. For instance, at Jaipur we have arrested 20 people for corruption. Similarly, several other corrupt leagues were disrupted,” he added.
When questioned about how to limit betting, Kumar said, “Betting is a different issue, it is punishable under gambling act. Most of the while it is not detected as it is very rampant.”
Kumar said, “If the game is going on and some people are batting in the backdrop, it doesn’t affect the integrity of the game, but if they try to fix the outcome of the game by compromising with players then it is something we should take notice of,” and further noted that fixing is a threat to cricket.