The Board of Control for Cricket in India has suspended Raj Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals apart from taking other measures under ‘Operation Clean-Up’ to free the sport from alleged betting and fixing and controversies.The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the BCCI working committee.
Kundra faces allegations of betting during the Indian Premier League and is currently being probed by the Delhi Police. He has already admitted to betting many times in the past. The allegations agaisnt the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals would be probed by a committee consisting of Justice R, Balasubramanim and Justice T. Jayaram Chouta.
The BCCI has also decided to do away with cheer leaders and after-match late night parties. The on-going probe shows that the bookies contacted players over parties and tried clinching betting deals. There would be a strict code of conduct for players, officials and support staff. Moreover, restrictions would be in place for access to dressing rooms. During a match, players would not be allowed to use microphones and earplugs.
Further, national selectors will not be associated with franchises or the organisation to remain unbiased. The players will need to disclose their financial interests with other persons and organisations so that the BCCI can verify any violation of the code of conduct. The franchisees will have to furnish the details of payments made to their teams and supporting staff.
Meanwhile, the report of the Ravi Savani Committee has been sent to the disciplinary committee of the BCCI for further action. The BCCI Hhas been unable to quiz the arrested players as they are currently in jail.