MUMBAI (BIPIN DANI) - Bertrand de Speville, the London-based Anti-corruption fighter may not have been surprised with the suspension of five IPL players (pending enquiry) by the Indian cricket board.
De Speville has advised governments and international organisations on various aspects of anti-corruption policy and practice. His services were sought by the ICC and in its report submitted to the game's highest governing body earlier this year, he had warned about fixing in Twenty 20 and the IPL .
"It is sad to hear the news (about players' suspension)," he said over telephone from London. In my report I did say that the players get more opportunity to fix the game in this format."
"Whenever the players or their agents are cheating the authority should take the right disciplinary action and fans should not be deprived of the true cricket," he added.
"The view of those consulted is that the arrival of international T20 cricket and the Indian Premier League has considerably increased the risk of match-fixing", he said in its 33-page report.
"Review of the ICC’s anticorruption arrangements and spot-fixing. By contractual arrangement the ICC provides services to the IPL . There is also no reason to suppose that the risk of corruption unconnected with betting will have diminished," he added.
A former joint-director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), K (Kollaikal) Madhavan was commissioner during the BCCI’s match-fixing inquiry. He was appointed by the then president, Dr AC Muthiah, best remembered for his tough stand.
Madhavan, though, declined to speak at length, however, said: "I am aware about the recent claims but have not seen the footage fully. The BCCI should obtain the original sting operation video tape and send it to the experts. The BCCI should also take necessary remedial measures, if required."
"The BCCI can only initiate the departmental action against the alleged players, because they (the players) are not government servants," he added.
On the basis on Madhavan's 162-page report the Indian cricket board had banned senior Indian players. "The laws in Britain are different," he said.
Because of the different laws in Britain, the three Pakistani trio, Salman Butt, M Asif and M Aamir were sent to jail for their role in spot-fixing claims.