The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made it clear on Sunday it was not going to jump the gun in the IPL spot -fixing row and would take stringent action only when the charges against the three Rajasthan Royal players are proved.
The BCCI has appointed Ravi Sawani as commissioner to probe the allegations. Though the BCCI has not put a time-frame for the probe, N Srinivasan , president, BCCI said,"We’re waiting for an inquiry report. I hope it will happen quickly". Cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajith Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and 11 bookies were arrested by the Delhi Police last Thursday for alleged spot-fixing.
Srinivasan said the Board was helpless in dealing with bookies as it neither had policing powers nor resources to track suspicious activities. The BCCI is planning to bring a new legislation for greater vigilance on players and officials. It intends to increase measures to scale up vigil and will provide heightened 'education ' to the players to deal with such circumstances. "We will put in all the measures to the maximum extent possible to monitor player behaviour and educate them so that these things don't recur,” Srinivasan said.
On the steps to plug the hole from next season, he said each team will have an anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) officer. All player agents need to be accredited henceforth with the BCCI. And most importantly, all the players access will be monitored closely, he added. "Every domestic match will be videographed,” he said.
Taking a volley of questions on the current role of anti corruption unit (ACU) of ICC that monitors the IPL matches, he said ACU of ICC has got certain limits."They cannot gather certain info as the police can. There are a lot of restrictions. We should look within them. We cannot control and police every bookie in town,” he said. On the need to bring BCCI under RTI Act, he said, “BCCI is a private body with no government role. So it is not applicable to us. RTI isn’t going to stop spot-fixing."
Srinivasan said that for the last three-four days, BCCI-bashing and IPL-bashing has been taking place as if the whole world has fallen down. "Only three players have allegedly done something. It doesn't mean the whole IPL is bad.”
Rajasthan Royals has decided to file an FIR against Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan for cheating the franchise and public, said Srinivasan.