NEW DELHI: Lalit Kumar Modi, the former commissioner of Indian Premier League (IPL) has alleged that match-fixing took place during an IPL match played between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
He tweeted a video of the match in which DC wicketkeeper Rishbah Pant can be heard on the stump mic saying that the next delivery would be hit for a four, and it exactly happened as Robin Uthappa hit the very next ball from Sandeep Lamichhane for a four.
“Is this a joke or cannot believe this. Match-fixing to the highest order. When will @iplt20 @bcci.tv @icc @bcci ever wakeup,” Modi tweeted.
is this a #joke or cannot believe this. #matchfixing to the highest order. when will @iplt20 @bcci.tv @icc @bcci.cricket ever wake up. #shameful 😢💔💔💔💔💔 that all officials really dont care pic.twitter.com/kjBdHhvD3s
— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) April 1, 2019
This video went viral on social media in just a few moments and viewers claimed that the match was fixed.
In 2013, the IPL was rocked by a spot-fixing scandal when three players from the Rajasthan Royals – S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila – were arrested by Delhi police on spot-fixing charges. Later, Indian cricket board (BCCI) banned them for life.
The same year, a top official from the Chennai Super Kings and son-in-law of BCCI president N. Srinivasan was arrested by the police in Mumbai for illegal betting. A year later, Srinivasan stepped down as BCCI president due to a Supreme Court order. Both Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were banned for two years.
Modi has also been at the centre of an IPL controversy and was ousted from the league over shady initial bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, a suspect broadcast deal and bid rigging of two new franchises.