Police have been investigating a former India cricketer for his links to a match-fixing syndicate. The former cricketer was a part of India’s 2011 World Cup winning squad. The incident is related to the Rajputana Premier League (RPL), which was organized in July last year in Jaipur, and featured club-level cricketers.
A report on The Indian Express said the Rajasthan Police has found that the mastermind of the "organized cricket racket" who partly bankrolled the RPL and had business links with a "former international player who represented India in all three formats of the game".
Additional DGP CID (Crime) Pankaj Kumar Singh was quoted in the report as saying they are "following all leads". "We are currently probing links between private entities, those who are part of the cricket fraternity and officials. We will take action if there is evidence that links them to corruption," he said.
They said the case is likely to turn "high profile". However, Singh refused to divulge the identity and details of the cricketer involved in the investigation.
The Rajputana Premier League was inaugurated with much fanfare in the presence of several Bollywood and sports personalities. It also said that the police had arrested 14 persons, including six players, for their involvement in match-fixing during the tournament. These included the masterminds Wazir Ali and Bahare Khan.
"Both Ali and Khan would constantly be communicating with bookies in different places and would fix the matches according to instructions received by them," deputy commissioner of police (crime) Vikas Pathak had said.
"We have learned that on a cricket match that took place on 19 July, the match was deliberately fixed and eventually tied because the bookies had sustained losses and the outcome of a tie the losses were recovered," said Pathak.