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BCCI sets up an investigating committee to probe into spot fixing

By Suman Saurabh, 16 May, 2012.

The five Indian players from the domestic circuit recently have been caught on the camera for taking money to do spot fixing and also to change their franchise by a sting operation conducted by India TV. These five players has been recognised as Sudheendra, Mohnish mishra, Shalabh srivastav, Amit yadav and Abhinav bali. This incident has seriously raised several questions regarding the business deals and transactions that happen between the franchises and the players.

N Srinivasan, President, BCCI.

According to the present rule laid down by BCCI regarding the salaries of players in the IPL , the players from the domestic circuit who has not represented India at national level cannot be paid more than 30 lakhs by any franchises. Therefore, there is a limitation on the earning of these players. The players who have represented India at national level do not have any limitation on their salary. They can earn up to any extent which their franchises is willing to pay them. This has forced the domestic players to look for the extra money which other franchises are ready to pay them secretly under the table if they join them. It raises a very obvious question that why there is such discrimination between the caped and uncapped players from India by BCCI in the IPL. There are many young promising players from India like Rayudu, Manish Pande, Awana , Mandeep etc whose talent is second to none not even from some caped players of India. So if they get lured away by the offers of the franchises then is not it that the present discriminatory law by BCCI equally responsible for that. Why not give the space to market forces to operate openly and freely? After all is not the IPL primarily about corporate, money, profit and business. Then putting a limit to the salary of a player only because he has not played for India really make any sense? After all, out of millions, only handfuls are blessed to represent India. According to a source, there are plenty of unregistered agents operating in the market which contact the players and lure them into such deals. It is very important to put a ban on these unregistered agents.

IPL chairman Rajiv shukla with franchise owners, a photo by  Royal Challengers Bangalore on flickr.

Although the BCCI has quickly reacted and have gone into a damage control mode by suspending these five tainted players and setting up a preliminary inquiring into the matter, there can be no denial of the fact that IPL today definitely suffers from a credibility crisis. It is not so long that Ravindra jadeja and Manish Pandey got suspended for asking extra money from the franchises more than their salary limit. Is the present sting operation a only tip of the ice-berg? According to N Srinivasan, the president of BCCI, it is only a matter of these five players and the system of IPL is competent enough to tackle such issue and even protect it from happening in the future. Although BCCI has got its own anti-corruption wing but it is imperative for them to even set up a neutral anti corruption unit from outside independent bodies which will surely improve the credibility and image of IPL .

Suman Saurabh is a cricket analyst and columnist at cricketbirds.

IPL Matches on 8 May of 2012

Shane Watson, a photo on Flickr by Gouldy99

Rajasthan Royals beats Pune warriors by 7 wickets

 8 May 2012, 52nd match IPL 2012.

Pune’s captain Saurav Ganguly won the toss and selected to bat first. PW were able to score only 125 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets.RR bowled with a tight line ans length and Shaun Tait was the peak of their bowlers who took 3 wickets in his 4 overs giving away only 13 runs.RR chased down by scoring 126 for the loss of 3 wickets in 16.2 overs only.Shane Watson got the man of the match award for his allround performance. He scored 90 runs in 50 balls and was economical with in the quota of his four overs. The chances for PW playing playoffs is almost closed after this loss.

Kings XI Punjab beats Deccan Chargers by 25 runs

David Hussey, by paddynapper on flickr

8 May 2012, 53 match IPL 2012

Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and selected to field first. Kings XI Punjab scored 170 in 20 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. Mandep Singh was the highest scorer from their side. He scored 75 runs in 48 balls. Deccan Chargers lost wickets at regular intervals and were able to score only 145 in 20 overs with a loss of 8 wickets. Praveen was the pick of the bowlers from punjab taking 2 wickets and giving away only 15 runs in 4 overs. Mandeep singh for his superb batting was adjusted as the man of the match. Punjab has revived its hope of making it to the playoffs by winning this match.

Kings XI Punjab defeated Pune Warriors by 7 wickets

IPL2012-14 match, 12.04.2012. IPL2012-14 match, 12.04.2012. Punjab won the toss and selected to field first. Pune were able to score only 115 and the whole team got out in 19 overs. M Manhas was the highest scorer (31 in 28 balls) for Pune. Mascarenhas took five wickets on a green pitch which was helping the seam bowlers. In reply, Punjab scored 116 runs in 17.4 overs for the loss of 3 wickets only. Mascarenhas was adjusted man of the match for his excellent bowling.

Adam Craig Gilchrist, a photo by Luton Anderson on Flickr.

Mumbai Indian beats Rajasthan Royals by 27 runs

Mumbai Indians support, a photo by DazMSmith on Flickr.

IPL 2012, 12th match,11.04.2012. It was raining sixes and fours in wankhede today. On this run feast day, MI defeated RR by 27 runs. RR won the toss and selected to field first. MI posted a mammoth total of 197 runs in 20 overs.
Pollard blasted 64 of 33 balls and was the top run scorer from MI .In reply RR displayed a much spirited run chase and scored 170 in 20 overs. OA Shah score 76 from 42 balls for RR. Munaf was the pick of the bowler. He took 4 wickets in his 3.4 overs , giving away only 28 runs. Pollard was adjusted man of the match for his all round performance.

Delhi Dare Devils beats CSK in a one sided match by 8 wickets

10.04.2012. DDR won the toss and selected to field first. CSK posted a score of 110 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. None of their batsman made any impact and the team had 4 shocking run outs. M Morkel took 2 wickets in 4 overs and gave only 19 runs.In reply , DDD raced to 111 in 13.2 overs only for the loss of 2 wickets. M Morkel was adjusted man of the match.

MORNE MORKEL, a photo by paddynapper on Flickr.h.

Mumbai Indians beat Deccan chargers on the final ball by 5 wickets

Mumbai Indians 142/5 (20 overs) [ Rohit 73*, Steyn 3-12 ] beat Deccan Chargers 138/9 (20 overs) [ Dhawan 41, Christian 39, Munaf 4-20 ] by five wickets

9.04.2012. Deccan Chargers won the toss and selected to bat first. They scored 142 in 20 overs for the loss of five wickets. S Dhawan was the highlight of the DC innings. He blasted 41 in 24 balls. M Patel took 4 wickets for MI. In reply MI took last ball to get pass to 142 runs. In the last ball, they needed 3 runs, and Rohit Sharma smashed six on the final delivery and took MI to Home. He scored 73 out of 50 balls. DW Steyn took 3 wickets in 4 overs giving away only 12 runs. It was a tight finish at the end.

CSK thrashes DC by 74 runs

Deccan chargers captain CL White won the toss and asked CSK to bat first. CSK scored a massive 193 runs in 20 overs. Ravindra Jadeja and DJ Bravo were the main performers for CSK. Jadeja scored 48(29) and Bravo 43(18) helped the CSK to achieve this huge score. In reply CSK succumbed to 119 only in 17.1 overs. None of their batsmen were able to make any mark.It was again Jadeja who took 5 wickets for CSK. He was given man of the match. In today’s match surely he lived up to his all rounder reputation.