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Old October 24, 2010, 03:43 AM
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LONDON: The ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit is probing why the Indian Board kept quiet about a report of its player Suresh Raina being seen in the company of a woman linked to an associate of an illegal bookmaker, a media report said.

Making it clear that Raina was not suspected of any wrongdoing, The Sunday Times, quoting a senior ICC source, said the incident related to India's tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year.

With the heightened security concerns following the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan, the Sri Lankans deputed a former general to look after the Indian team.

CCTV Cameras installed at the Indian team hotel showed that on more than one night Raina was in the company of a woman known to be an associate of a man allegedly linked to a bookmaker.

A report, including the CCTV footage, was submitted by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board to their Indian counterparts.

According to the newspaper report, it is the reaction of the BCCI secretary N Srinivasan that has led to the ICC investigation. Instead of acting on the report, Srinivasan is alleged to have got the Sri Lankans withdraw it.

23-year-old Raina plays for Chennai Super Kings, an IPL franchise owned by Indian Cements of which Srinivasan is a vice-chairman and managing director.

The investigation, led by ACSU head Ravi Sawani is believed to be looking into why the Sri Lankans shared the report with the BCCI first when under ICC anti-corruption rules it should have gone straight to the world governing body, the newspaper said.

According to the newspaper, this comes against a background of much talk in India that it was during IPL matches that spot-fixing re-emerged as a major problem.

In August, three Pakistan cricketers -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer -- were suspended following allegations that no balls were bowled during the Lord's Test in return for money.

When asked recently about the speculations of match-fixing in the IPL, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said, "The first two editions were not policed by the ACSU. But they realised later on that they perhaps needed more support. The last one was the first time when they fully engaged the ACSU. And we will be engaged in the next IPL season as well."

An ICC spokesman, asked about the alleged investigation into the inaction of the Indian Cricket Board, said, "We don't comment on any investigation." Srinivasan was not available for comment, the report said.

Read more: ICC probing BCCI inaction on Raina link with bookie associate - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...#ixzz13FrsSnWK
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Old October 24, 2010, 04:03 AM
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As long as there is no news on cricinfo and a translated version in the prothom-alo, nothing has happened.

On a serious note, IPL is all about money. So, a fixing is within the scope of the money-making goal.
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Old October 24, 2010, 11:46 AM
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^^ Its in most of the newspapers and tv channels as well. CI is being biased as usual.

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For all those asking about why we are not publishing news about an Indian player ...it's not because we are biased, it's because it is one newspaper allegation and legally it would be foolish for us to report anything. There is a big difference between this and other instances recently, not least that in other cases boards, ICC etc were quick to comment and in so doing could be reported in full.
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Old October 24, 2010, 11:50 AM
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The Cricket Board on Sunday rubbished media reports of BCCI keeping quiet on Suresh Raina accompanying a woman allegedly linked to illegal bookmakers during the Sri Lankan tour, saying that she was the agent of the Indian batsman.

BCCI spokesperson Rajiv Shukla termed "baseless and untrue" the London 'Sunday Times' report that ICC's ACSU is probing why Indian Board kept quiet about a report by Sri Lanka Cricket of Raina being seen in company of a woman linked to an associate of a bookie.

"That is untrue and baseless. It's all rubbish. No complaint had ever come to BCCI from either the ICC or SLC. BCCI had never received any complaint on this matter. Actually, the lady is Raina's agent," Shukla said.


"Raina was with the lady to sign some papers and complete formalities. She was also agent of some Sri Lankan players. It has nothing to do with any anti-corruption matter or any matter outside cricket," said Shukla who is also BCCI Vice-President.

"It is just media speculation and nothing else," he added.

According to 'Sunday Times', Raina on more than one night was seen in the company of a woman known to be an associate of a man allegedly linked to a bookmaker.

It said the SLC gave a report to BCCI of Raina accompanying a woman alleged to have links with a bookie along with footages of CCTV cameras installed at the Indian team hotel in Sri Lanka.

According to the newspaper report, it is the reaction of the BCCI secretary N Srinivasan that has led to the ICC investigation. Instead of acting on the report, Srinivasan is alleged to have got the Sri Lankans withdraw it.

23-year-old Raina plays for Chennai Super Kings, an IPL franchise owned by Indian Cements of which Srinivasan is a vice-chairman and managing director.

The investigation, led by ACSU head Ravi Sawani is believed to be looking into why the Sri Lankans shared the report with the BCCI first when under ICC anti-corruption rules it should have gone straight to the world governing body, the newspaper said quoting unnamed ICC sources.

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Old October 24, 2010, 11:51 AM
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^^ Its in most of the newspapers and tv channels as well. CI is being biased as usual.

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What is the bias here? They usually confirms the news before publishing them unlike those masala newspapers. Read the news above.
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Old October 24, 2010, 11:59 AM
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Well I don't know if its true or not. ICC has to investigate it properly.

Cricinfo published the news about Pak OD game based on one newspaper. They didn't wait to find out if its true or not like they are doing now.
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Well I don't know if its true or not. ICC has to investigate it properly.

Cricinfo published the news about Pak OD game based on one newspaper. They didn't wait to find out if its true or not like they are doing now.
Sorry, they verified it, and haroon lorgat himself made the announcement that ICC is investigating the case. They investigated the ODI coz sun reported a scoring pattern prior to the ODI which turned out to be more or less correct.
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Raina is innocent, he doesn't look like a druggie or a traitor like asif and co also there are no video footage or relevant facts on his fixing.
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hope raina is clean...he is one of my fav indian player aswell as virat kholi

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Old October 27, 2010, 02:29 AM
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Raina was seen in company of someone who is supposedly connected with bookies. A player can never remember the names and faces of people he should not be seen with. Besides, they meet all kinds of fans and they do spend time with them sometimes taking photographs or attending dinner parties. They cant say no to everyone suspecting that some of them could be bookies or connected to bookies.

The investigation here is not about Rania. It's about BCCI's inaction or failure to report the incident to ICC even after they came to know about it. The law states clearly that if a player or a board comes to know about any possible approach from bookies, they have to report it to ICC.
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