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At a time when the entire Indian cricket establishment is facing serious credibility issue post Indian Premiere League spot-fixing and the subsequent Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice RM Lodha panel findings, a stunning match-fixing claim by Delhi & District Cricket Association sports secretary Sunil Dev could make life difficult for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the coming days.
Dev, who was the Indian team manager during the 2014 tour of England, was caught in a video sting claiming that the fourth Test in Manchester was fixed by none other than the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
This expose was done by Hindi daily Sun Star in a sting operation. It must be mentioned here that both the audio and video of the sting was audible and clear.
“Given the conditions of the pitch was wet due to long spell of rain, we have decided to bowl first in a team meeting,” Dev said in the sting made public on Sunday evening. He added: “But Dhoni surprised everyone by opting to bat first.” No surprises that India lost this match within three days by an innings and 54 runs.
In fact, Dev also added that former England skipper Geoffrey Boycott also raised questions over Dhoni’s decision to bat first. Dev further claimed that “he was 100 per cent sure that Dhoni had fixed this match deliberately”.
Not stopping there, Dev went on to say that “he even raised this matter to BCCI and also had written a letter to the then BCCI president N Srinivasan”.
Dev was caught saying in the sting that “he was asked to type his complaint in Srinivasan’s office, in front of him, because he (Srini) did not want the report to be leaked”. Though Dev claimed that he was appreciated for his good work by Srinivasan, the BCCI never took any action over his report.
“DDCA will surely ask Dev to repay this amount. Otherwise, an action would be initiated against him soon,” warned the official.