TP Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali have been suspended. This was announced by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla.
The IPL governing council decided to suspend the named players after a sting operation is said to have established the involvement of these players in spot fixing. The players will stay suspended from playing in the competition, pending an inquiry set to be conducted into the accusation.
The controversy broke out after cricket footage showing a player bowling a no ball in a 50-overs game was aired on India TV, a television channel. The channel also aired the recording of a telephonic conversation purportedly of a current IPL player discussing monetary remuneration for bowling a no ball.
An undercover reporter of the TV channel posed as a sports agent to ensnare at least three cricketers into negotiating better deals in violation of their current IPL contracts, for switching franchises.
The inquiry will be headed by Ravi Sawani, who was formerly head of the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU). Sawani is expected to send his report after a preliminary inquiry to a disciplinary committee.
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