NEW DELHI — A Rajasthan Royals cricketer was approached for fixing 2015 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, the team management said on Friday.
The Royals reaction comes in after the Indian Express reported on Friday that the Mumbai-based Royals player was approached by his Ranji Trophy teammate "with an offer of money if he followed a pre-decided pattern of play".
The player refused the offer and informed his team management, who in turn reported the matter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
"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 IPL 2015 matches. Maintaining high standards of integrity, the player informed the Rajasthan Royals management of this inappropriate approach," said Royals chief executive officer (CEO) Raghu Iyer.
"In keeping with applicable IPL Regulations, Rajasthan Royals management immediately reported the incident to the ACSU of the BCCI."
Iyer also praised the player for reporting the incident.
"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," said Iyer.
The CEO added that the team will totally cooperate with the ACSU in further investigations.
"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," said Iyer.
"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."
Confirming the news, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the player's action showed that the Board's efforts to educate players over perils of spot-fixing are paying off.
Players are alert & they know wat is to be done due to our regular education efforts @BCCI.April 10, 2015
Though Thakur did not reveal the identity of the player, Rajasthan Royals has five cricketers from Mumbai — Ajinkya Rahane, Pravin Tambe, Dinesh Salunkhe, Dhawal Kulkarni and Abhishek Nayar.
(With inputs from PTI)