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Rajasthan Royals confirms player approached to fix IPL match

Last updated on: April 10, 2015 14:01 IST
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In fresh controversy to the already tainted Indian Premier League, a Rajasthan Royals player has claimed to have been approached by a Ranji player to fix Indian Premier League matches.

The Rajasthan Royals, without revealing the name of the player, confirmed the development in a statement on Friday, stating: "Over  a  month  ago,  a  player  from  Rajasthan  Royals  was  approached  inappropriately  by  a player  (who  was  not  part  of  the  IPL)  in  connection  with the  Indian  Premier  League  2015 matches. Maintaining   high   standards   of   integrity,   the   player   informed   the   Rajasthan   Royals management  of  this  inappropriate  approach.  In  keeping  with  applicable  IPL  Regulations, Rajasthan Royals management immediately reported the incident to the Anti-Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU) of the BCCI. Rajasthan  Royals  commends  the  player  for  having  reported  this  incident  immediately and for his  honesty  and  uprightness.  His  dedication  to  maintain  the  highest  standards  of integrity needs to be lauded."

"Rajasthan  Royals  in  keeping  with its zero  tolerance  approach  immediately reported  the incident  further  to  the  ACSU/BCCI  for  further  process.  Rajasthan  Royals  will  continue  to provide full support and assistance to the BCCI to ensure that the game of cricket is played
in the right  spirit.  This  incident  does  highlight  that  if  players  and  other  officials  cooperate and disclose information or approaches immediately, the game can be kept clean and free from undesirable elements and activities," the statement further read.

In a stunning revelation, the RR player informed the anti-corruption team of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about the offer, according to reports.

The Anti-Corruption & Security Unit took up the matter and during questioning, the player revealed that his Mumbai-based Ranji teammate offered him money to follow a pre-decided pattern of play.

The 2008 champions of the cash-rich T20 league will play their first game of the season against Kings XI Punjab in Pune on Friday.

Earlier, former India captain and RR mentor Rahul Dravid had called for exemplary punishment to tackle fixing and request players to be extra vigilant to avoid the infamous spot-fixing episode which curtailed the career of former India pacer S Sreesanth.

As a fall-out, the Supreme Court ordered N Srinivasan to step down as BCCI president.

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