Fixing: CSA seeks legal advice

2012-05-16 22:54
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Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) is to seek legal advice whether or not to investigate claims of match fixing that took place in South Africa in 2009.

Five domestic Indian Premier League (IPL) players were on Tuesday suspended from cricket after a sting operation by an Indian TV channel highlighted alleged fixing and corruption.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the players were handed provisional suspensions until its investigations into the allegations were completed.

The five - TP Sudhindra, Mohnish Mishra, Abhinav Bali, Amit Yadav and Shalabh Srivastava - are all first-class cricketers signed to various teams in the IPL.

According to Die Burger, Bali made claims about match fixing taking place in 2009, when the IPL was hosted by South Africa.

Jacques Faul, acting CEO of CSA, believes the claims about match fixing in South Africa in 2009 fall under the jurisdiction of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit.

"We do, however, need to acquire legal advice to make sure that no responsibilities rest on us regarding South Africa's anti-corruption laws.

"We could be requested to launch our own investigation," said Faul.

Faul said CSA is yet to receive any queries from the ICC or the BCCI.

Hindi-language India TV showed Sudhindra, of the Deccan Chargers, allegedly agreeing to bowl pre-arranged no-balls in a local amateur match, while Kings XI Punjab player Srivastava was reportedly heard boasting he could do the same in the IPL.

The channel claimed it had taped seamer Srivastava telling its reporters he could deliver a no-ball in the IPL for one million rupees (about $18 500).

Another Kings XI Punjab player, Yadav, was taped saying he had reason to believe that last season's IPL match against the Delhi Daredevils was fixed, while Mishra apparently admitted he had been secretly paid for his services.

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