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Five Indian players suspended after spot-fixing claims

Last updated on: May 15, 2012 18:15 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday suspended five uncapped Indian players from all forms of cricket in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League and other domestic competitions.

Television channel India TV, on Monday, claimed it had conducted a sting operation during which many IPL players confessed on hidden camera that they are paid much more than their prescribed auction amount under the table.

According to the channel, its operation also revealed that spot-fixing is not only prevalent in the IPL, but first class matches are also fixed and women play an important role in match-fixing.

The five players suspended are T P Sudhindra and Abhinav Bali (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Amit Yadav and Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab).

The players will remain suspended till an inquiry by Ravi Sawani, the former head of the ICC's Anti-corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), who was roped in by the BCCI only on Monday to head its new domestic anti-corruption agency.

Sawani will have to submit his report to the BCCI's Disciplinary Committee for final action within 15 days, said senior BCCI official and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla.