New Delhi: The Special Cell of Delhi Police on Thursday morning arrested three Indian Premier League cricketers S Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan, Ajit Chandila under spot fixing charges. Three bookies have also been arrested by the police in this connection.

All the arrested players belong to Rajasthan Royals team of Indian Premier League. The players are accused of being involved in spot fixing during many matches in sixth edition of IPL.  

The Delhi Police have been tapping phones of many cricketers and bookies for the past some time during which evidences were collected in this regard.

The Special Cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth from his friend's place in Delhi while the other two cricketers were arrested on Wednesday night from the team hotel at Nariman Point for their alleged role in spot fixing.
     
The arrest took place immediately after the players returned to their team hotel, following their match against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede stadium. The hosts won by 14 runs.
     
The Delhi police source said that these players were under the scanner for their role in spot fixing in some of the earlier IPL match although they did not elaborate which matches were under scrutiny.
     
The police have also arrested seven bookies in Mumbai and three bookies in Delhi in connection with the same case. They are looking for two more bookies in Delhi.
     
The development comes as a shock for the IPL authorities who have time and again grappled with controversies and scandals ever since the league was launched in 2008.
     
IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said he was awaiting details on the incident.

"We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything," said Rajasthan Royals in a statement.

"We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game," the statement added.

The Delhi Police had also cracked down match fixing over ten years back during South Africa tour of India in 2000.

JPN/Agencies

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