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Five cricketers were suspended pending an inquiry into allegations of spot fixing in Twenty20 matches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said.
The probe follows a sting operation conducted by undercover TV reporters that alleged players agreed to bowl no-balls and fix specific events in Indian Premier League matches. Ravi Sawani, the former head of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit, will conduct the inquiry.
The cricketers -- T.P. Sudhindra, Mohnish Mishra, Amit Yadav, Shalabh Srivastav and Abhinav Bali -- are all Indian and “would not be entitled to participate in any cricket match played under the aegis of the BCCI while under suspension,” BCCI President N. Srinivasan said in a statement on the governing body’s website.
Fueled by sponsorships, broadcast revenue and ticket sales, the IPL has grown into the world’s richest cricket competition, worth $3.67 billion, according to Brand Finance Plc, a London- based consultancy firm. The league is in its fifth season.
Last year, Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in the U.K. after being convicted of taking bribes to cheat in a Test against England at Lord’s in August 2010.
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