Edited By Arun Kumar | | Updated: 29 Jun 2020, 11:22:00 AM IST
Australian police have identified a group running racket for fixing international matches, whose leader is an Indian. The person named Ravinder Dandiwal has been described by the Victoria Police as the 'mastermind' of this racket. This person is a resident of Mohali, located near Chandigarh, which has also been in the eyes of the Indian Cricket Board for the past several years.
On Saturday, the Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald published a news in this regard quoting Victoria Police. Police have termed it the main ringleader of match-fixing, who used to ask low-ranking players in tennis to leave the match after betting on the match.
An English newspaper, The Indian Express, spoke to BCCI's Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) head Ajit Singh regarding Dandiwal in this regard. Ajit Singh said that he is originally from Mohali, who has been very active in Central Asia. His name is also among the people who organized the Cricket League. Once it held a private league in Haryana as well, ACU failed to reach it. The BCCI had issued an advisory to all its registered players not to participate in the league.
Another ACU official said, 'Dandiwal has been described as the ringleader of fixing in a photo shown by the Australian Police. This Indian man is also on the BCCI radar. We always tell our players to be careful with this person in the academic session of our domestic and national players.
However, according to the news of the Sydney Morning Herald, the police have not yet framed any charges against Dandiwal. According to the Herald's news, two other persons of Indian origin Rajesh Kumar and Harsimrat Singh, who live in Melbourne, were produced in Melbourne court. They are accused by the police that both of them have illegally won 3 lakh 30 thousand Australian dollars by fixing.
Victoria police have filed charges of 'corruption' on both of them in at least two tennis tournaments played in 2018. These tournaments were played in Brazil and Egypt.
Rajiv and Harsimrat are alleged to have received information from Dandiwal that one or more players, along with Ravinder Dandiwal, had agreed to influence the result of the match.