Howzat?: Indian superstars Dhoni, Raina caught in spot-fixing net

Published: February 12, 2014
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Indian cricketers Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are under the scanner for alleged spot-fixing. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Indian cricketers Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are under the scanner for alleged spot-fixing. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

NEW DELHI: 

Top Indian cricketers MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina are under the scanner for alleged spot-fixing after some classified parts of investigation into the star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL) corruption scam were leaked to a section of the Indian media on Tuesday.

The English-language weekly magazine, India Today, published an article with excerpts from the investigation report submitted before the Indian Supreme Court on Monday by a three-member inquiry committee, headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.

It states that investigating officer G Sampath Kumar had come across bookies while probing the scam and that the report submitted to Justice Mudgal named top cricketers Dhoni and Raina. The report also says that that former BCCI president IS Bindra had also stated that he knew two former reputed Indian players who were allegedly involved in match fixing.

The committee, which was constituted by India’s top court to probe the scandal that surfaced last year, found that Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of new ICC boss N Srinivasan, was involved in betting during IPL matches. Srinivasan is the chairman of the company that owns Chennai Super Kings which Dhoni is a part of.

The Mudgal committee report mentions six Indian players who have been accused of collaborating with bookies but does not name them, saying at this stage that the allegations are only allegations but investigations should be conducted.

“In connection with match-fixing, Kitty said that Vikram Agarwal and wife Vandana Agarwal and Gurunath Meiyappan and his wife Rupa are very good friends. Through Meiyappan, all Chennai Super Kings players are familiar with Vikram Agarwal, especially MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Vikram Agarwal and Meiyappan used to organise dinner parties for select guests and the team…,” reads the report.

The report observes that it is far too easy to get access to players during the IPL which leads to them being lured into joining the illegal betting syndicate. It also suggests attachment of security and anti-corruption officers with all IPL teams constantly — but not in a way which affects players ‘morales’.

It also says that there should be ‘strict control of telephonic access; only cellular telephones issued to players by the BCCI should be allowed and details of calls made and received should be available so as to allow monitoring by the BCCI’. It also has a section which talks about disclosure by players.

The Mudgal committee report says representatives of India Cements, who appeared before the Committee, contended that Meiyappan had no share holding in India Cements and hence cannot be considered as an owner of CSK. Further, Dhoni, Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that Meiyappan had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of CSK and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting CSK.

However, the Mudgal committee says that Meiyappan would be with the team (CSK) during the practice sessions; would be present during team meetings, at the auction table, in the owners dug out; participated in the IPL owners meet, travelled with the team, participated in the IPL owners workshop representing himself to be the owner of CSK and held out to the world at large as the team principal/team owner of CSK.

The committee also found that Meiyappan was in regular touch with bookies and punters. “There are several calls between Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh, who was a punter himself and Singh was in very close proximity with several other bookies, as is evident from the telephonic transcripts produced by the Mumbai Police” the report says, while recommending a full probe of both CSK and Rajasthan Royals, headed by Indian businessman with British citizenship, Raj Kundra.

 

Published in The Express Tribune, February 12th, 2014.

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  • pakistani
    Feb 12, 2014 - 2:40AM

    Where there is smoke there is fire… indian trolls,, please comment here….

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  • Peace
    Feb 12, 2014 - 3:10AM

    Welcome to the world of devil champions and controller of the game of cricket.

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  • Mahmood
    Feb 12, 2014 - 3:24AM

    And this is from the country that is now part of the ICC ‘Big-3’. Great sign of things to come.

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  • Khan
    Feb 12, 2014 - 5:13AM

    What a shame that ECB and CA put these guys incharge of ICC.

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  • water bottle
    Feb 12, 2014 - 6:13AM

    None of these players will ever be prosecuted or even properly investigated.

    Congratulations Indians. You have always supported a corrupt game and corrupt leaders of the game and most importantly you have always supported the corrupt BCCI and IPL.

    Now Srini and his cronies will return the favor by ensuring that the reputation of Indian cricket is upheld at the world stage.

    And Indians can keep boasting of a world champion team in a game that is played by 12 countries with none of the top athletic achieving country in it.

    That will keep feeding 1.2 billion bloated self esteem.

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  • James
    Feb 12, 2014 - 8:44AM

    Is the article related to Meiyappan or Dhoni since most of them seemed to focus on Meiyappan ?

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  • Ghostrider
    Feb 12, 2014 - 8:54AM

    Now match fixing will not remain an offence since indian captain has done it

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  • Nabeel
    Feb 12, 2014 - 9:33AM

    Spot fixing/match fixing is a miniature now… Let’s talk about fixing the whole ICC… With ‘Big Three’ in Power, what else would you expect !

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  • Another Pakistani
    Feb 12, 2014 - 9:45AM

    Reported Missing: Indian trolls

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  • M
    Feb 12, 2014 - 10:33AM

    Nothing will happen. A few years back, guessing it was during the ODI WC, Suresh Raina was spotted sitting with a renowned bookie INSIDE the dressing room. Indian Media did raise this issue, but it was all hushed up in a matter of days. This issue will also die down as there are many big players involved, including corporations and the underworld.Recommend

  • Amir
    Feb 12, 2014 - 11:03AM

    tactics to indian media to ensure outster of dhoni

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  • Kamil
    Feb 12, 2014 - 11:07AM

    Indians were oozing gargantuan filth against Pakistan and its cricketers when amir, salman and asif were nabbed in fixing. But don;t expect them to show embarrassment for their own sordid episode as embarrass comes from people of character

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  • joy
    Feb 12, 2014 - 11:57AM

    just have patience till March 7. Then Mr Srinivasan and his cronies wont know where to hide.
    He has single-handedly destroyed the prestige of the game.

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  • Patriotic Pakistani
    Feb 12, 2014 - 12:01PM

    BTW, has anyone seen Indian trolls lately?

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  • Abdullah
    Feb 12, 2014 - 12:09PM

    With india at the helm of affairs, spot fixing involving indian players is set to be legal… now its the money which matters…

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  • John
    Feb 12, 2014 - 12:09PM

    This is mere speculation. IPL players meet many people during late night parties organized by their franchises…they may not really know if someone is a bookie or not…There is no evidence to suggest that these players are involved.

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  • rahul
    Feb 12, 2014 - 12:53PM

    My pakistani friends clearly lack “Sense and Sensibility”. No Indian will defend Dhoni , Raina or anyone if they are caught in some fixing. When sreeshant and some players were caught they were handed life ban. The important thing here is, our own Police and Committes set by Supreme court have exposed players and adminstartion. It requires GUTS to do so. While pakistani players were exposed by foreign police, Pakistani people were crying as some conspiracy. Thats the differece. Grow up or you will perish pakistani’s!!

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  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Feb 12, 2014 - 1:41PM

    @pakistanis, do u guys think anybody in India believe this reporting of ET about Dhoni.
    you people do not know that Dhoni is the highest earning person by way of ADs across all spectrum of people.
    he need not go for cheap money losing name and fame???
    grow up u people Dhoni is not our sreeshant for that matter.
    do u know cases of Jadeja and Azhar…where Jadeja was found not guilty and issued an apology too…
    so don;t jump the gun

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  • N.sid
    Feb 12, 2014 - 2:21PM

    Cricket in India is rotten from top to bottom. The BBCI chief is a crook, with his son in law indicted now…obviously abetted by Srinavasan(He himself was proven guilty, earlier). India is the headquarter of betting and abetting with the largest pool of qualified bookies in the world…other nations don’t stand a chance when it comes to betting.
    It is huge business in India to whiten your money through cricket Karma.

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  • K.mir
    Feb 12, 2014 - 2:22PM

    IPL have turned dozens of players into millionaires…but left the cricket poorer. What a shame.

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  • stealth
    Feb 12, 2014 - 2:22PM

    Color of money can be blinding. Their should be some semblance of decency. This is just not cricket…noble game destroyed by greed and glamor.

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  • antanu
    Feb 12, 2014 - 2:28PM

    It’s a shame.i always maintained that we should not try to ridicule the pakistan when it’s 3 players were nabbed.now the fingers are pointing to us and we have no courage to face it.absence of our friends here is simply an attempt to avoid pakistan trolls.but then we are always projecting ourselves as a people who Never DO WRONG…N EVER SAY A WRONG THING AND NEVER LISTEN LISTEN A WRONG WORD. so much for our misplaced sense of superiority.Recommend

  • antanu
    Feb 12, 2014 - 2:31PM

    @Amir

    But….WHY…? Please don’t give excuses.Recommend

  • Truth before Self
    Feb 12, 2014 - 3:17PM

    Hahahaha – I smell a lot of green envy here. Paki players will still be begging to be invited to play in the IPL, glad the beggars have been kept out. Go to the IMF for a bailout-:)

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  • Khan
    Feb 12, 2014 - 3:25PM

    @antanu:
    Appreciate your honesty. Black sheep exist everywhere, stereotyping a whole country because of them is unjustified. Back to the case at hand, what worries cricket fans most is that BCCI seeks unbridled power over the game based on its financial clout, and now these reports paint a very negative picture of BCCI’s whole financial structure as the Chief’s own son-in-law is involved in illegal activities.

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  • Fact is Fact
    Feb 12, 2014 - 5:02PM

    BCCI is strong enough to close the case without even being noticed. this will carry on and world cricket is just a business now

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  • lolz
    Feb 12, 2014 - 5:43PM

    @Fact is Fact:
    not now way before it, when some superstar tried to eat entire ball in field

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  • pakistani
    Feb 12, 2014 - 7:11PM

    @Truth before Self:
    Hahaha… I smell a state of denial here… keep worshiping your cricket players and one day they will skin you dry…

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  • Justice for all
    Feb 12, 2014 - 7:12PM

    @amoghavarsha.ii:
    Its funny when you say that… because any story in ET which is against Pakistan… you guys start gloating over it… please grow up…

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  • antanu
    Feb 12, 2014 - 8:07PM

    @khan
    I always maintain that apart from the physical and economic size both the countries are reeking with same evils. accordingly both of us should instead of ridiculing each other…must have healthy debates on issues which could bring solutions also.Due to my stance on issues I am perceived to be a pakistani giving fake name and nationality. few also commented that I might be an Indian muslim with alias. This shows how our society has evolved post British rule.Recommend

  • antanu
    Feb 12, 2014 - 8:12PM

    @amoghavarsha.ii:
    so so Dhoni being rich doesn’t have to fix the match.it means that only deprived people are forced to sin…well this absolves pakistani trio who were nabbed.after all their financial background was nowhere near Dhoni. then why hate tem?Recommend

  • Bala
    Feb 12, 2014 - 10:53PM

    Indian here — If Dhoni and Raina are involved, they must be banned for life and must also be prosecuted in courts. There are no if and buts here ….as a indian cricket fan and a Chennai guy I am very offended. Indian courts must make an example of them, of course we need to have a proper trial.Recommend

  • jat
    Feb 12, 2014 - 11:07PM

    @Patriotic Pakistani:
    Funny… they have moved to the story where indian minister has cancelled the visit to pakistan… lol…

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  • Truth before Self
    Feb 12, 2014 - 11:33PM

    @Pakistani:
    India is a 5000 year old civilization. I hope you remember the humiliation of surrender of 93,000 Pakistani soldiers. IPL is a resounding success. Pakistan is not a team worth any attention. Not only India, no one wants to play Pakistan. Given hopelessness of Pakistan, cricket is your only hope, therefore, to draw attention you claim others are scared of you but others find it funny. So all you are left with whining in which you are world champions.

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  • samir
    Feb 13, 2014 - 12:46AM

    Well can anybody believe if some crook person says that a player of staure fo dhoni is involved…it is just nonsense …by same yardstick Imran khan was also accused …do Pakistanis believe this…

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  • usman786
    Feb 13, 2014 - 1:59AM

    @truthaboutself – i hope you remember 971-1971 — also feel free to give credit to bangladesh for winning their independence. also your topic is irrelevant to article.

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  • Flybouy
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:28AM

    The investigation is done by Indians and if found guilty will prosecute the Indians. It just goes to show that no one is untouchable. We should be applauding a free media and judiciary at work. No need for foreign media and judiciary to put someone else’s house in order.

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  • NYC
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:46AM

    @amoghavarsha.ii This is not even ET’s report it is India Today’s report. Stop blaming the website when it reports the truth.
    @Truth before self : This discussion is about cricket, the fact that India is supposedly one of the “Big 3” now ,the consequential timing of its captain getting exposed in match fixing and the future of the cricket with the ever-corrupt BCCI now on the frontline, No need to bring other aspects of life here
    @All Indian trolls: you guys proudly abuse and slam Pakistan on the problems it is facing. So when it’s your turn, please take it like men ;)

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  • np
    Feb 13, 2014 - 4:09AM

    @M:
    Sitting with bookie is not a crime. Spot fixing/match fixing is. In the past too people of the calibre of Azhar and Jadeja were banned for life. The current BCCI chief’s son-in-law is also indicted. The proceeding seems to be absolutely transparent. At the same time there have been false accusations against Imran Khan in the past and same couldbe true about Dhoni. So everyone is entitled to being treated fairly. But if guilty they should not be spared – whoever they are.

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  • IndianDude
    Feb 13, 2014 - 5:12AM

    Clutching at straws tribune?
    I had read and re-read this ‘news’ ten times and i do not see any mention of proof of dhoni’s involment in spot fixing. Just an accusation by lalit modi that dhoni might have known of illegal betting on the CKS game by the CSK’s Meiyappan.
    Where is the fixing part?
    BTW sports betting is legal in the west.

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  • Sam
    Feb 13, 2014 - 8:04AM

    Dear Pak and Ind friends

    I am from India and feel shamed that both our countries cannot come out of corruption. We have been living in a worst corrupted countries in the world. I request not indulge in email fighting here. We as honest cricket followers should reject all corruption whether it’s from Indian players / administrators or Pak players / administrators. Cricket will become poor because of these people. We public spend lot of money to support the teams and in the end we hear these corrupted people stories. Shame on all of us. We have to fight the corruption not each other.Recommend

  • Sam
    Feb 13, 2014 - 8:15AM

    @Truth before Self:
    I don’t think you are Dhoni chamcha. Grow up man before commenting on someone who’s is no way connected to you. He is just a cricket player playing for money and and nation. Just compare Dhoni with an employee who works for a company. As far as the employee works hard and good ethics and make the company profitable and proud, whatever he earned from the company is worthwhile and we support that. It’s exactly same for Dhoni. If dhoni corrupt, he should be sent to jail.

    Taking your argument, why Gandhi family is still making money by corruption even though they are stinking rich. “Values and Honesty” is not money driven my dear friend.

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  • Wah Wah
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:06AM

    Height of hypocrisy by Indians, first they killed Pakistani cricket by bans and IPL, now they are going to damage the whole cricket with this Big 3 conspiracy.

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  • Ghostrider
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:23AM

    @Truth before Self: Do you remember 14th Aug 1947, when we took away our homeland by disecting india, do you remember Kargil where you went to US to beg for safety, do you remember the 500million poor who live on less than a dollar a day

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  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:16AM

    @atanu and others,
    I am not gloating…u could see I mentioned other indians caught in this.
    Also I never said sinning is only for rich/poor, u could see I mentioned Jadeja/azhar one is a prince and other was in his peak when caught. But if u see people like dhoni who always think positively, ET story seems just a news report that is it.
    And I never said that ET was wrong or right.

    also the three pakistanis where tried in court and found guilty after that only banned.

    Only commentors are jumping the gun here.
    ET and I are cool.

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  • Feb 13, 2014 - 10:41AM

    How awesome it is that Pakistani players will not be playing in this IPL, which is corrupt.

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  • Patriotic Pakistani
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:09AM

    @Truth before Self:
    Hahahaha, Wow it seems that my fellow Pakistani has touched a nerve ;) which is why you have involved ‘civilization’ and so-called ‘surrender’ in discussion which is based on cricket. Cant’ blame you, coz it is not your fault. Indians have a habit of diverting from issues when the blame falls on them so no surprises :)

    I can only have pity on your sad knowledge about the state of Pakistani sports and especially Pakistani cricket. Let me remind you that Pakistan is the world champion in one-day series as well as in T20. If you think that cricket is our only hope, then it is high time you set your facts straight. If you don’t have knowledge about the sports being played in Pakistan, then kindly refrain from commenting about our country. I think we 180 million people are enough to handle our issues and we are happy with how we are. Next time, kindly not not show ‘concern’ about the ‘hopelessness’ in Pakistan. :)

    And yes, I am happy to see that you have taken time out to comment on a Pakistani newspaper’s website. Have a nice day :D

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  • Someone
    Feb 13, 2014 - 12:33PM

    Whether or not Dhoni and his cronies get caught is immaterial and irrelevant. The more important issue at stake here is the reaffirmation of the fact that India is a corrupt nation to the core and a global hub of cricket match fixing. All bookies and match fixing originates from India. The three Pakistani players who were charged were also running loose with an Indian-origin ring. Trust me, cricket would be much better without India. And the whole world agrees to it apart from Indians and a few monopolist goras. I know Australians, South Africans, Britishers who think India is a nuisance for the cricket world. And as far as Pakistanis are concerned, we know that India’s existence as a country alone is a nuisance and a historical accident.

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  • baba
    Feb 13, 2014 - 1:40PM

    Lol…. helloooo .. nobody has been caught its just a rumour in the media.. as much as I hate dhoni leme say this .. not guilty till proven.. pakistanis plz stop comparing this to your shameful match fixing acts which were RECORDED on cam. Last 60 years if you all instead of finding faults, injustice in indian system, had spent time wisely with your own country and issues, would have been somewhere as a nation and NOT BLOWING EACH OTHERS UP…

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  • Sher Khan
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:15PM

    Good propaganda from Pakistan media. That is all you can do in cricket now. There is no such news in India media.

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  • MAQ
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:24PM

    Cricket is no more a sport. It is just a pure business and the business which is not pure.

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  • Truther
    Feb 13, 2014 - 3:51PM

    The biggest, noisiest and pettiest of the “big3” is so big a loser that whenever it dares play outside its flat beds in congested over populated land it is spanked sans mercy by opponents. Even now it’s being thrashed somewhere down under.

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  • Patriotic Pakistani
    Feb 13, 2014 - 4:05PM

    @Sher Khan:

    Dude, your media has always showed you only one side of the story. And the funny part is that you people consider everything your media says as the truth and refuse to accept the facts even if they are revealed before your eyes. First, try to change your media industry and then come here to criticize Pakistani media for its “propaganda”.

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  • Saqi
    Feb 13, 2014 - 4:09PM

    @Truth before Self:
    Forget that muslims rule india and hindus for hundred of years :)

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  • water bottle
    Feb 13, 2014 - 5:51PM

    @Patriotic Pakistani:

    “And the funny part is that you people consider everything your media says as the truth and refuse to accept the facts even if they are revealed before your eyes. “

    That’s nonsense. As much as Indian media is corrupt, it has also exposed the facts. In fact, a lot more than Pakistan.

    Besides, “refuse to accept the facts even if they are revealed before your eyes” sounds like part of many Quranic verses, where people are asked to believe in things without proof.

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  • pakistaniat
    Feb 14, 2014 - 2:48AM

    @Sher Khan:
    Your comment made my day… any news which is against pakistan is not propaganda but if it is against india… its propaganda… grow up sir

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  • sher khan
    Feb 14, 2014 - 4:49AM

    @Patriotic Pakistani: Oh come on Indian media is not like Pakistan who keeps on telling lies to its people even after loosing Bangladesh and kargil. Or recently openly supporting your cricketers involved in spot fixing. I did not see a single media person supporting Srishant in India.

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  • amal
    May 7, 2014 - 11:12AM

    i am sure dhoni is the main player who cheated indian cricket lovers..some guys are talking its a rumour..BCCI also supporting this betting because they are now looking to how to make money.. not how to make our cricket strong..dhoni have a strong relationship between these bookies and strong hold in BCCI he fixed not only IPL matches but also national matches.dhoni have international criminal relationships also.. in 2009 t20 w.c super six matches dhoni fix it and india lose if any doubt plz check out that matches …its quit clear when india chasing the total dhoni on crease asking rate is going high this indian caption not looking to hit the ball he just missing & taking singles … why he do that that balls are not high level international ball its only minimum level balls .. especially the ground are small.. even over pitch balls & “FULL toss” ball he missed it and not looking to hit.according to dhonis caliber these type ball is very easy to hit out of the ground… why after dhonis dismissal BHAji came down and show some fighting .. gets some 4&6’s why dhoni do this…think it..
    another issue is when sreesanth caught for sport fixing the police took him to jail like terrorists we all see that right… at that time BCCI came with a special enquiry commission and they investigated that case baned seesanth for life. The original fact is this case is running under supreme court now.. & court is also with the side of sreesanth..

    we all know RHITI SPORTS MANAGEMENT. Dhoni found himself in a controversy when it came to light that he had 15 per cent stake in Rhiti Sports, which also manages Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha, besides the Indian captain.

    Obviously, the documents that have come out indicates that it has been a conflict of interest as far as Dhoni’s involvement with Rhiti Sports is concerned,” former cricketer Kirti Azad told ““I don’t mind if an ex-cricketer is acting as an agent for a living. But when I see Pragyan Ojha being relegated to second choice left-arm spinner suddenly and Ravindra Jadeja being valued at USD 2 million after being banned for trying to cut underhand deals in IPL, I guess something is wrong.
    “Also if the company didn’t have sufficient money, how did they issue shares and paid it back,” Azad pointed out.
    Another former cricketer Maninder Singh also felt if the captain indeed had shares it was a clear case of conflict of interest.

    “But who do you expect to stop the rot when the BCCI President has gone against everyone who has stood up for the game. Basically the President has been saving the captain who is also vice-president in his company,” he said.

    Former India opener and currently DDCA Vice-President Chetan Chauhan said ethically it was not correct for Dhoni to have stakes in the company which manages him.

    “Ethically this is not correct. It seems to be trickling down from the President. The Board officials need to take some harsh decisions and make it clear what business the players and officials can float of their own,” he said.

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  • amal
    May 7, 2014 - 11:16AM

    Dhoni paid Rs 3 lakh to acquire 30,000 shares at par value in March 2013, amounting to a 15% equity holding, Rhiti said. But the shareholding was transferred back to the promoters when payments were cleared in April 2013, said the statement from Arun Pandey, the chairman and managing director of Rhiti.

    Rhiti did not explain the nature of the transaction for which Rs 3 lakh was due from a company that reported a turnover of Rs 63 crore in fiscal 2012. It also did not explain who paid the money to Dhoni and at what price the shares were transferred. “This is not a share buyback in which the company uses its money but a promoter has bought back the shares,” says an accounting expert who did not want to be named.

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