At the same time, 11 members of the illegal betting line also put their hands on the cuffs, including Amit Singh, a former star of the Indian cricket.
According to the Hindustan Times, the arrests in Mumbai have kicked off a series of arrests of dozens of officials, athletes, coaches and criminal gang members across India involved in mediating the results.
The match at IPL for many years, including Gurunath Meiyappan, owner of Chennai Super Kings and the son-in-law of Narayanaswami Srinivasan, former chairman of Indian Cricket Control Board (BCCI). Most of the detainees have been permanently removed from the sport and “plotted” for years.
However, according to the Central Indian Bureau of Investigation (CBI), it is the floating iceberg about mafia’s manipulation of cricket. Accordingly, in a previous investigation report, CBI has collected a lot of evidence to show a close relationship between the most famous cricket and mafia players in India under the management of Dawood Ibrahim.
The famous “gang boss” once ranked 3rd in the list of 10 most feared criminals in the world in 2011 published by Forbes magazine and is currently wanted by Interpol on a range of crimes. Even CBI’s investigation said that profits from illegal betting was sponsored for terrorism when Ibrahim has links with al-Qaeda.
Not only India, mafia gangs have long been deeply rooted in world cricket tournaments. In 2000, former South African team captain Hansie Cronje was banned from playing for life because he was accused of accepting money from the underworld to arrange many matches. By 2011, three Pakistani stars, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, were jailed for illegal betting transactions.
The same year, former New Zealand players Lou Vincent and Chris Cairns had to stand trial for being involved in a half-degree match. Previously, in 2007, coach Bob Woolmer of Pakistan suddenly died in Jamaica just hours after the team lost to Ireland in the World Cup baseball tournament and was said to have the mafia’s involvement.