2 October 2020

Six tennis players involved in fixed matches

Six international tennis players participated in suspected fixed matches at tournaments in Brazil and Egypt, according to documents released by Melbourne magistrates court to The Age. The players are Sweden’s Christian Lindell; Brazilians Thales Turini, Carlos Severino and Ciao Silva; Egyptian Issam Taweel; and France’s Maxence Broville. Taweel was sanctioned with a five year ban in August last year for attempting to fix a match, failing to report a corrupt approach and failing to disclose knowledge of the corrupt activity of another party. There is no suggestion that any of the other five were involved in fixing matches. 

The player names and fixed matches came to light during the recent trial of Harsimrat Singh and Rajesh Kumar, who in September were charged with attempting to fix matches from 2018. Singh pleaded guilty to placing bets using corrupt information and received a two year good behaviour bond but no conviction, reports The Age.

The court heard that Singh was operating in concert with his cousin, Ravinder Singh Dandiwal, it is understood. In July, Dandiwal was found to be behind a criminal match-fixing ring that staged a T-20 cricket competition at a village in India, which was then broadcast through social media as if it was being held in Sri Lanka. Indian police found that he had organised fraudulent tournaments for many years after forming an organisation called the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in 2009. It is understood that the CCI had a similar logo to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and organised tournaments with similar names.

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District Police nabs 3 bookies for fraudulent telecast of matches. In a major success, the District Police led by the SSP Mr. Kuldeep Singh Chahal has 3 bookies who were involved in not only betting but were also indulging in playing fraud with the public by organizing the cricket matches in village Swara but were showing these as being held in Sri Lanka. Disclosing this here today, the SSP said that a case in this regard was registered on 02-07-20 u/s 420, 120-B IPC, 13A,-3-67 G. Act at Police Station Sadar in Kharar against Pankaj Kumar Arora and others. During the investigation by the SP (Rural), S.A.S. Nagar Ravjot Kaur Grewal, DSP Circle Kharar Pall Singh and SHO, and Police Station Sadar, Kharar Inspector Sukhbir Singh, it was revealed that the accused Pankaj Kumar Arora in league with his accomplice Goldy, booked the ground of stoker cricket academy in village swara from 29-6-20 to 5-7-20 and formed 4 teams and held a cricket series named UVA-T 20-Premier League. The said league was held in swara village but was shown as being held in Sri Lanka and relayed on various social media apps such as fancode APP, Diamond, Sky, Lotus, Tenbet, Spin, Punjab Exchange, for the purpose of earning huge amounts of money through betting. The investigation of the case also lead to the arrest of accused Rajesh Garg alias Raju Kalia and 2 laptops, 5 mobile phones were recovered from his possession and 2 mobile phones were recovered from Pankaj Kumar Arora. The further interrogation of these two resulted in the arrest of Ravinder Singh Dandiwal. It was also revealed that he organized such fraudulent tournaments for many years in Mohali, Amritsar and Bhopal after forming a club named Cricket Club of India (CCI) in 2009. He also had links with various other big fishes in the world of betting. Further investigations in the case are on.

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It is understood that Dandiwal was the owner of Ultimate Sports Management, which organised an Asian Premier League (APL) T-20 tournament in 2017. The tournament was flagged by the BCCI for match-fixing. It is understood that Victoria Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit and the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) are also investigating his activities.

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