The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been notorious for match-fixing and betting and there’s no denying this fact. The suspension of two teams – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – for two years following betting claims on team owners is reflective of the league’s bad image in the cricketing circles.
Recently a video clip surfaced on social media in which Delhi Capitals’ wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was heard saying “yeh to chauka hai” or ‘this is a four’ before the ball was delivered. Nepali leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane was bowling and the next ball was dispatched for four through the covers by Robin Uthappa.
The alleged spot-fixing has got everyone talking and even the first Commissioner and Chairman of IPL, Lalit Modi was heartbroken about the incident. He urged the authorities to wake up and do something about the match-fixing.
The businessman and cricket administrator took to Twitter to express his disappointment in the authorities. He shared the footage terming it shameful that the ‘officials don’t care’.
The interesting thing is that the match was tied as both teams scored the same number of runs. Coincidences happen. But, in a game like this where there are already allegations of spot-fixing, the Super Over finish definitely raises some eyebrows.
While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has termed the footage as ‘misconstrued’, saying the video was incomplete. Hotstar, the official live streaming partner, has taken the matter to social media platforms to get the clippings removed.