I am fully convinced that Sreesanth was part of the fix: Ravi Sawani report

SportsThe IPL 6 spot-fixing scandal saw the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players, including Indian Test cricketer S Sreesanth, in May this year

BCCI's one-man probe into the IPL 6 fixing episode has recommended bans for all six Rajasthan Royals cricketers involved. Ravi Sawani's judgement was based on his analysis of evidence provided by Delhi Police and his questioning of the tainted players. Below is Sawani's verdict on S Sreesanth, Amit Singh and Siddharth Trivedi

During Sreeesanth's examination, he stated that he was closely associated with Jiju Janardhan, another cricket player. They had first met at MRF Pace Foundation in 2003 ...

Sreesanth stated that Jiju had joined him at Jaipur either before or after the Mumbai Indians game. According to Sreesanth Jiju was his partner while training in the gym ...

The Delhi Police had questioned Sreesanth about the alleged fix arrived at by Jiju on his behalf i.e. to give 14 runs in his second over during the IPL game against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali. As per Delhi Police, Jiju had arranged with the bookies that he would give a signal to confirm that the fix was on by wearing a towel. Sreesanth stated that Delhi Police had accused him of having done this fix with Jiju and other bookie agents he later learnt to be Mannan and Chandresh Patel. Also Read: Amit Singh appears to be the bad fish

While deposing before me, Sreesanth denied any knowledge about the fix and stated that he did not underperform. He normally wore a towel or a wrist band to wipe off sweat and to ensure that the ball was free of moisture. According to Sreesanth, though, it is a fact that he had admitted certain wrongdoings before Delhi Police and signed some confessional statements, but those were a result of continuous torture and interrogation. Sreesanth claimed that he wanted to get out of the place by making the police officials happy about what they had achieved. According to Sreesanth, the police had threatened him and Abhishek Shukla that they would arrest their relatives if they did not confess. Sreesanth claimed that he had no connection with the money (Rs 5.5 lakh) that was recovered from Shukla's house and that he was not aware of its source. Also Read: Trivedi had been approached... but he failed to report

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