Suspected Bookies Evicted From Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians Games Venues By BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit: Report


Four suspected bookies were evicted from luxury boxes at two Indian Premier League (IPL) venues in Jaipur and Mumbai respectively, which also includes Rajasthan Royals. According to a report in The Hindu, the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) identified two bookies at each venue and handed them over to the local police. The first incident occurred on March 28 during the match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

The ACU handed over two suspected bookies to the local police from the corporate box of the venue. The second instance occurred during RR's game against Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium on April 1.

However, the report also claims that while an FIR was lodged against both the men in Jaipur, the case in Mumbai turned out to be a possible case of mistaken identity.

However, both the suspects were asked to move out of the MCA President's Box. For those unaware, the President's Box at the Wankhede Stadium is for invitees only and none of the 200 tickets were made available to the general public.

“Nothing untoward was found on his electronic devices,” the report quoted an officer from the Marine Drive police station as saying.

By watching games from the stadium, bookmakers use the real-time action and time delays associated with live telecasts or streaming to make profits from illegal betting, a practice called pitch-sliding.

Since betting is illegal in India, the ACU, with the help of the BCCI machinery, is trying its best to keep unwanted elements away from the IPL or cricket in general.

IPL has been surrounded by betting controversies in the past also. In 2013, police arrested three RR players – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – after a match in Mumbai for alleged spot-fixing.

Not only this, the police have also detained eleven bookies. Following the investigation, Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were banned for life while RR and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were banned for two seasons.

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