Even as the spot-fixing scandal rages on, Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) President I S Bindra has created a fresh controversy by claiming that a BCCI official had arm-twisted the Sri Lankan board to withdraw a report which violated the anti corruption regulations during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2010.
Bindra, in an article on his website, made three points in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal and recounted an incident involving corruption during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2010.
“On India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2010, due to the LTTE operation, a retired general of Sri Lankan army was given charge of the Indian team’s security and he ensured the tightest security arrangements, including installing CCTV cameras on every floor and the lobby of the hotels where the Indian team was staying.
“At night an official travelling with the team had taken a girl into the room of an Indian player who is also a prominent member of CSK team for last six seasons. It was observed on the footage that the girl spent the night prior to a game. It was so alleged that girl was sent by an individual on ICC’s list of suspected bookies. This incidence was in gross violation of security as well as anti corruption regulations,” Bindra claimed.
“On the basis of General’s report, the Sri Lankan Board reported these sordid details in writing to the team Manager along with documentary evidence and also informed anti corruption official of ICC. It is understood that under pressure from an official of Indian Board, the Sri Lanka board was made to withdraw the report.
Mihir Bose filed this story in The Sunday Times, which was rubbished by the BCCI spokesperson, and Sri Lanka Cricket Board was arm-twisted into denying the whole episode,” he said.
This is the Indian Squad for tour of Sri Lanka in 2010
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c) (wk) – CSK
Dinesh Karthik (vc)
Ravichandran Ashwin – CSK
Ravindra Jadeja – CSK
Suresh Raina – CSK