IPL corruption claims: BCCI appoints investigative panel

  • 20 April 2014
  • From the section India
File photo: Indian demonstrators shout slogans against Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Narayanaswami Srinivasan in front of the Eden Gardens in Calcutta on 28 March 2014
Image caption Protests have taken place following the allegations

India's cricket board has appointed a three-member investigative panel to look into allegations of corruption in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Its members are former law enforcement agency head RK Raghavan, former high court judge JN Patel and former Indian cricket captain Ravi Shastri.

It comes after an Indian court urged the board to probe spot-fixing claims against 13 players and officials.

The IPL is the world's richest cricket tournament.

The seventh edition of the 20-over tournament, which features eight teams of international players, began last week and runs until 1 June.

India's Supreme Court recently ordered N Srinivasan to stand down as chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) amid allegations that his son-in-law was involved with illegal betting.

Mr Srinivasan was elected head of cricket's world body, the International Cricket Council, in February. He is due to take up the role in July.

Former India captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar was installed as the interim head of the cricket board, and is responsible for overseeing the ongoing IPL tournament.

The last season of the IPL was dogged by allegations of spot-fixing and betting.

Spot-fixing involves players bowling wides and no-balls at certain times arranged beforehand with bookmakers.

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