17 May 2013

Indian cricketers held for IPL spot-fixing

5:40 am on 17 May 2013

Indian police say they have arrested three cricketers including test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, after they allegedly accepted tens of thousands of dollars for spot-fixing in three games in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Eleven bookmakers were also arrested in connection with the inquiry.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar says that more bookmakers were expected to be arrested as part of the inquiry, which has already seen the accused players suspended by the Indian cricket authorities.

Spot-fixing is an illegal activity where a specific part of a game, but not the outcome, is fixed.

Sreesanth, who has played 27 tests for India, is alleged to have been paid about $90,000 to give away around 14 runs in an over while playing for the Rajasthan Royals against the Kings XI Punjab on May 9.

Kumar says the fixing was organised by members of the Mumbai mafia, adding that the overall mastermind was "sitting abroad".