Woman Cricketer Approached For Match-fixing, BCCI ACU Books Accused
In an unprecedented development, a member of the India women cricket team was allegedly approached to fix matches earlier this year. She prompted this to the BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). The ACU then lodged an FIR against two individuals on Monday.
The player was approached in February
The alleged incident, which the player reported to the Board's ACU, took place in February, ahead of the limited-overs home series against England. Masquerading as a sports manager, Jitendra Kothari got in touch with the cricketer last year through Instagram. He offered her managerial services and introduced her to Rakesh Bafna who directly approached her to fix matches. Kothari again contacted the player and put her through to Bafna claiming that he had a business offer for her. He approached her to fix matches and play according to the script and reportedly offered Rs 1 lakh per match during the India-England series,
BCCI’s anti-corruption unit’s statement.
Ajit Singh Shekhawat, who heads the ACU, conformed the development to PTI. "She is India cricketer and an international cricketer, so the ICC conducted an inquiry into it. The ICC warned the person who made the approach and informed us and acknowledged that the cricketer has done the right thing by reporting the approach. I cannot tell you the name of the player as she is not the culprit and in fact, has helped us nab these two individuals. These two individuals had offered her huge money if she joined hands with them. She informed us about the incident and recorded their conversation. We have registered an FIR and hoping that the two culprits get arrested soon."