Rubbishing allegations of cricket players being highly susceptible to corruption, Indian Premier League (IPL) vice-president , Niranjan Shah has said that IPL was foolproof from match fixing.
Shah’s denial came a day after former Australian wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist revealed in an interview that IPL players regularly discussed the looming threat of “match fixing” in the game. Gilchrist also claimed that players were ‘easy targets’ for match fixing in the IPL.
Shah told reporters: “I feel that some players have the bad habit of commenting on everything, even if the issue is not their area of expertise. They just comment for the sake of commenting, without thinking what they are saying.”
Highlighting the IPL’s strict mechanisms and the Indian cricket board”s actions to curb match fixing, Shah maintained that there was no substance to Gilchrist”s statements.
“I think this comment has no point, as recently the ICC’s anti-corruption chief Paul Condon also gave clean chit to IPL-3. We also prefer and appointed ICC”s anti-corruption team till now and in forthcoming season we will appoint them again. The Indian board has zero tolerance on match fixing. Our endeavor is to keep the IPL corruption free and I don”t understand what Gilchrist meant by his statement,” he said. (ANI)