TNPL players approached by unknown persons on WhatsApp, tournament under scanner: ACU chief
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)'s Anti-Corruption Unit has initiated an inquiry after few Tamil Nady Premier League (TNPL) players claimed that they were approached by unknown personnel through social media app WhatsApp. ACU chief Ajeet Singh confirmed the news on Monday that players have approached the unit and their statements have been recorded.
"Yes, some of the players have approached us and based on their statements, we have initiated an enquiry. We have also recorded their statement on how and when they received messages from the unknown person. Actually, there was a WhatsApp message that was sent by some unknown people and then the players approached ACU. It can be anyone but we are sure that there is no international player involved," Singh said.
ACU is likely to file an FIR with the state police within a few days following a legal opinion on the issue.
The TNPL is a BCCI recognised annual cricket event in the southern part of India and it features star players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Vijay Shankar, and Dinesh Karthik. The matches are mostly played at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.
The tournament was inaugurated in 2016 by former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. Chepauk Super Gillies have been the most successful team winning in 2017 and in 2019. Tuti Patriots won in the inaugural season while Siechem Madurai Panthers won in 2018.
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