Sri Lanka to assist probe in spot fixing claim

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board says it is ready to assist investigations into claims that Indian bookies may have been involved with the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL).

Indian media reports said that some Indian bookies were the “Benami” owners of franchises in the Sri Lankan Premier league held last year.

Sri Lanka Cricket Board secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said that the cricket board is ready to help in the investigations as the board has a “zero tolerance” policy for corruption.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that Vindoo Dara Singh, a Hindi film actor, whose arrest led the Mumbai police to the doorstep of the alleged owner of the Chennai Super Kings, Gurunath Meiyappan, in a spot fixing probe at the IPL, had revealed that many Indian bookies are in fact the “Benami” owners of franchises in the Sri Lankan Premier league.

The link to the SLPL, if proved would cast a huge shadow over the credibility of the tournament and would end up being a huge source of embarrasment for both Sri Lanka and India, the Deccan Chronicle reported.

Apart from the link of the betting syndiate to the SLPL, police are actively probing the possible nexus between Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan and the bookies in India. Police have stated that bookies could have been used by D-company for money laundering purposes.

Meanwhile, with the scope of the police probe widening each day, an IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore is also now under the scanner. (Colombo Gazette)