The head of the Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Ajit Singh, said on Monday that Ravinder Dandiwal, the alleged mastermind of the recently revealed International Tennis Match Fixing Syndicate, has been on the BCCI's watch list for the last four years. According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, Victoria Police in Australia named Dandiwal as the main ringleader in the tennis match scandal.
In tennis match-fixing, in 2018, at least two players in Egypt and Brazil were deemed to have lost the match, allegedly for losing matches. Ajit Singh told PTI, “He is suspected of being corrupt or he is a corrupt person in our knowledge.” I can talk about his (only) cricketing contacts, but he has also entered other sports. '
He said, 'He (Dandiwal) tried to start his own league and once he did it then he would fix the match the way he wanted. He organized the Asian Premier League in Nepal and was also associated with the Afghan League. '
Ajit said that he attempted to organize the league in Haryana, which was thwarted by the BCCI. So he became more active outside India rather than India but he has been on the BCCI's watch list for at least three-four years.
Dandiwal is a resident of Mohali and is also mentioned in the ACU's educational manual. Ajit Singh said, “BCCI had also filed a police report against him. It was a different type of crime. He went to Australia with a cricket team and there were 5-6 players missing. It was a matter of immigration. '
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He said, “So the host club of Australia contacted the authorities concerned and informed us. We went to the police in Mohali and told them what he had done and filed a report. It is also part of our education manual. We tell the participants about him and show him a picture and explain how he works. '
The ACU chief again reiterated that there is a dire need of match fixing legislation in India as the hands of the concerned agencies are still tied. He said, 'Law is needed for match fixing. This will strengthen the agencies concerned and once they start taking effective action, it will help the board. '