Tamil Nadu Premier League under scanner, BCCI Probes links between players and bookie

Tamil Nadu Premier League under scanner as BCCI finds that an entire franchise is controlled by match fixers
Tamil Nadu Premier League under scanner, BCCI Probes links between players and bookieTamil Nadu Premier League under scanner, BCCI Probes links between players and bookie
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An India player, an IPL regular and a Ranji Trophy coach are among those who figure in an internal investigation by the BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). It has found rampant corruption in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

Sources reveal that bookies and match-fixers took control of an entire franchise of the TNPL through an illegal deal with the team owner and ran the team according to their wish.

ACU chief Ajeet Singh said, "Yes, some of the players have approached us and based on their statements, we have initiated an enquiry. We have also recorded their statement on how and when they received messages from the unknown person. Actually, there was a WhatsApp message that was sent by some unknown people and then the players approached ACU. It can be anyone, but we are sure that there is no international player involved."

ACU sources also say that one of the bookies confided to them that the coach was seen giving instructions to players on how many runs to score. With the coach now moving to a new team, the ACU fears that it might spread to other franchises too.

The eight team TNPL was inaugurated by Former India and Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni four years ago. Several top international players like Dinesh Karthik, Abhinav Mukund, R Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Washington Sundar and Vijay Shankar represent different franchises in the state-run league which is recognized by the BCCI.

The ACU investigators say a consortium comprising Gujarat and Kolkata-based bookies and a fixer involved with the tainted Rajputana Cricket League one of the 14 people arrested over allegations of spot-fixing in 2017 by Jaipur Police has been in touch with the owner of the TNPL team under the scanner since last April.

The owner of the franchise was paid Rs 4 crore in lieu of control of the entire franchise. The alleged fixer promised others that they would make money through betting with inside information about the team and would manipulate play.

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