Kirti Azad, former Indian cricketer and Member of Parliament has asked why the police have not investigated five players for their involvement in a case of spot fixing. The five players are TP Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab), Shalbh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali (Himachal Pradesh but previously a Dehli cricketer).
An undercover television investigation allegedly revealed illegal activities in the IPL which has resulted in the BCCI suspending the five players. A newly founded anti -corruption group within the BCCI led by former ICC anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani started their own inquiry into these alleged activities.
Speaking at a FICCI conference on regulating sports betting; Azad questioned why the BCCI had organised their own inquiry when they have no power to lead a criminal inquiry. He is an outspoken opponent of the IPL and has previously sat on a hunger strike at the Feroz Shah Kotla cricket ground, insisting that the IPL be abolished following a series of corruption allegations.
Legalising gambling is necessary and could bring in apx Rs20,000 crore through taxes according to Retired Justice Mukul Mudgal but Azad believes the first thing that needs to happen is the control of sports associations.