Bangalore, May 15: The “F” word has hit cricket again. A TV channel's sting operation has claimed to have exposed fixing scandal and involvement of black money in the Indian Premier League. But the basic question to be asked here is whether any big names who might be involved will be exposed or not?
It was shocking to see a few Indian players caught on camera by India TV channel in a sting operation. The players were seen talking to reporters/representatives of the Hindi channel and making offers to switch teams and also get into match-fixing/spot-fixing in the IPL.
The channel claimed there were few players in the IPL who were ready to cheat for money. Some were also ready to leave their current teams for more money. The channel also alleged that some players were getting paid more than what was agreed upon as per IPL regulations.
Those who were caught on camera might fear for their cricketing careers if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finds them guilty and takes tough action. But what BCCI needs to do is go deep into the issue and find out who are the men behind these domestic Indian cricketers.
Just taking few steps to ban those guilty for few matches would not help. That is what it might happen after BCCI probes the matter.
The paying public in India needs right answers whether IPL is a clean tournament or there are “murky deals” happening behind the scenes, as claimed by the TV channel.
With so many last-over finishes in IPL 5, some fans have questioned them. Monday's fixing episode story might increase the number of IPL doubters.
Cricketing world's richest body has to come out clean, then only the fans will back the cash-rich Twenty20 league which has already seen so many ups and downs in five years.
BCCI President, N Srinivasan said, “no form of corruption will be tolerated.” Will he walk the talk in the coming days?