Indian Premier League
With the close of the Indian Premier League 2020 season, Mumbai Indians fans can be satisfied that their team is undoubtedly the best in the league. This year’s edition, held in the UAE due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, was relatively short of controversies apart from a few disputed umpire decisions at the start of the season. However, past seasons have included shocking revelations that have somewhat tainted the image of the league.
Most notable of these controversies is the 2013 spot-fixing scandal involving three cricketers: S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan, all on the Rajasthan Royals (RR) team. Spot-fixing is a mutual agreement between a player and a bookie, where the player has to perform on the field according to the betting placed by the bookie. Hence, it is an especially virulent form of corruption undertaken by the interested parties solely for financial rewards. In this scandal, an inquiry by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) found that these three players were part of a larger scheme, whereby they would agree with bookies to get a certain number of runs, and then get bowled “Out”. The ensuing investigation snared several high profile people within the IPL infrastructure. A panel appointed by the Supreme Court found the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team, along with RR, guilty of match-fixing and illegal betting. This ultimately led to the two-year suspension of both teams from the IPL. Furthermore, all the people involved in this scandal, from the players to the owners, faced some form of punishment.
This scandal wasn’t the first of its kind, yet it shook the foundations of the cricket community because of its pervasiveness throughout the league.