Unmistakably, India has just 2 favorite pastimes: Bollywood and Cricket.
When these two mingle, what the consumer witnesses is the face of sheer magic.
But what’s behind the make up, ad films and spotlights is ugly.
The Indian Premier League, the professional men’s Twenty20 cricket league, is presently being contested by ten teams based out of ten Indian cities. The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in the year 2007 but since inception, the league has seen a consistent share of controversies
There have been IPL match fixing allegations plaguing the league and players alike in all of the previous seasons played this far.
Read on to understand the peaks and valleys of this dark side of the show
Number 1 match fixing team in IPL
The 2013 session of the Indian Premier League saw controversies hit the fan.
The Chennai Super Kings were accused of betting while the Rajasthan Royals were accused of spot fixing.
The New Delhi police went to the extent of arresting 3 key Rajasthan Royals players, namely S Shreesant, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for spot fixing while the Mumbai police arrested the Chennai Super Kings team principal, Gurunath Meiyappan, Actor Vindu Randhawa, (Son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh) and a certain Priyank Sepani.
Raj Kundra, a prominent businessman who co-owned the Rajasthan Royals along with his Bollywood actress wife Shilp Shetty, too, was taken into custody on the 10th of June, 2013.
With these allegations and arrests, the spot for number 1 match fixing team I IPL had 2 contenders.
Fixers in IPL
The names of Yahya Mohammad and Vinod Mulchandani had not seen the spotlight so far.
Choosing to operate without physical contact in their match fixing dealings, these two were operating a multi crore gambling ring while going unnoticed and slipping under the radar of the Indian police. From spot fixing to fixing whole games these criminals minted money while being in plain sight.
IPL match fixing players
Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan got limited bans on their involvement in cricket, but S Sreesanth bore the brunt of the Mukul Mudgal headed committee and was banned from playing cricket in any professional capacity.
Reliable sources claim that Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni also had a connection with the bookies although the findings of the Mukul Mudgal headed committee were never made public.
In 2015, a panel led by former chief justice R.M.Lodha banned the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals from playing in the Indian Premier League for two years.
With 23 personnel, 3 players, 2 teams, an umpire and some big guns in the underworld and Bollywood, the whole debacle turned the Indian Premier League on it’s back.
After going along with the bans handed out the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals made a grand comeback in 2018 to regain the top contenders spot by coming in 1st and 4th respectively.
The 2022 session of the Indian Premier League features 2 new teams, namely Lucknow and Ahmedabad. These introductions promise to increase the complexity of predicting who will take the cup this season.
Following the draft of players, the latest IPL predictions state that the Chennai Super Kings, the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore are top contenders.
Who do you think will take the cup this year?
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