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Lalit Modi alleges match-fixing in IPL match

By AFP
April 02, 2019

NEW DELHI: Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi has alleged that match-fixing took place during a match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Modi tweeted a video from the match in which Capital’s wicketkeeper Rishbah Pant can be heard on the stump mic saying that the next delivery would be hit for a four. The very next ball was hit for a four by Robin Uthappa off the bowling of Sandeep Lamichhane.

“Is this a joke or cannot believe this. Match-fixing to the highest order. When will @iplt20 @bcci.tv @icc @bcci ever wakeup,” Modi tweeted. The video of the incident went viral on social media, with fans claiming that the match was fixed. In 2013, the IPL was rocked by a spot-fixing scandal when three players from the Rajasthan Royals were arrested by Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing. The three players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were banned by the BCCI for life.

Modi has also been at the centre of an IPL controversy and was ousted from the league over shady initial bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, a suspect broadcast deal and bid rigging of two new franchises.