Retired and veteran commissioner Neeraj Kumar has revealed the way he unveiled two spot-fixing controversies, namely the 2013 IPL scandal and the second involving Hansie Cronje. The two sagas of wrongful doings sparked massive outrage amongst the masses and stringent actions followed for the respective cricketing boards against the men involved.
Former South African captain Hansie Cronje was one of the best captains to have ever played. The all-rounder guided the Proteas to the semi-final of the 1999 World Cup in England. However, in 2000, during the tour of India, he was found guilty of taking bribes and faced a life ban. A year later, Cronje passed away in a plane crash. As for the 2013 IPL scandal, Rajasthan Royals’ three players – S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, and Ajit Chandila allegedly indulged in spot-fixing case for which BCCI slapped them with a life ban.
Neeraj Kumar stated that two of the major scams got uncovered in cricket, owing to accidentally intercepting telephonic conversations. Kumar mentioned in Hansie Cronje’s case, a phone number was in connection with an extortion case with the officer hearing the name of Hansie Cronje and others.
“Two of the major scams that have been uncovered in cricket, they have been on account of telephonic intercepts done totally accidentally. The first one was the Hansie Cronje case. A certain phone number was being heard in connection with an extortion case, and the officer hearing the conversation, he heard the names of Hansie Cronje and others,” Kumar told Sportskeeda.
Neeraj Kumar speaks about the IPL scandal in detail:
Concerning the IPL spot-fixing case, the reputed cop claimed that there were inputs from the central intelligence agencies about some calls they intercepted that involved some terror angle. The information reached the Delhi police and began investigating from a terrorism point of view before hearing about cricket. Neeraj concluded by saying that the central intelligence shared the news only due to their proximity and relationship between officers which was unlike with any other police of the state.
“The second was the 2013 spot-fixing case. There was an input from one of our central intelligence agencies about certain calls that they had intercepted, in which some terror angle was there in the whole thing. So, what happened was that the agency shared the information and the number with the Delhi Police. We were hearing that the those intercepts were from terrorism point of view, to prevent a terror attack. Soon, we began to hear about cricket,” he added.