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No corruption in IPL: Mallya
Mumbai Vijay Mallya who owns the Bangalore Royal Challengers franchise has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) does not have any form of corruption. His statement has come in light of police investigations being done in the UK into the Pakistan team after a sting operation was done by News Of The World.

He says, "There is no corruption or match fixing in IPL. My team has participated in all three editions of IPL and I can say I am very satisfied that IPL is clean".

He maintains that there is no place for corruption in cricket and anyone found guilty should be dealt with severely. "Any form of corruption in cricket is not just unfortunate, it should not happen. It should never be allowed to happen. If it happens, the players should be obviously punished.

"I am not a judge, neither I am an adjudicator. But as the owner of an IPL team and being an avid cricket fan, I feel any form of fixing should be dealt with severely".

Meanwhile ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat says, “The International Cricket Council (ICC), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are committed to a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket. All allegations of betting irregularities or fixing of matches or incidents within matches are investigated thoroughly by the ICC’s internationally respected Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and this case is no different."

Currently, senior ACSU investigators are in the United Kingdom conducting enquiries into the allegations directed at some Pakistan players during the recently concluded Test against England at Lord’s. That investigation has the full support and co-operation of the ECB and PCB. In addition, ACSU officials are assisting London’s Metropolitan Police with their criminal investigation.

Led by Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the ACSU is the most respected and experienced such unit in world sport and it has at its disposal a robust and far-reaching Anti-Corruption Code that all ICC Members support and are bound by.

Lorgat stressed the fact that the integrity of the game is of paramount importance. Prompt and decisive action will be taken against those who seek to harm it. However, the facts must first be established through a thorough investigation and it is important to respect the right of due process when addressing serious allegations of this sort.

"Make no mistake – once the process is complete, if any players are found to be guilty, the ICC will ensure that the appropriate punishment is handed out. We will not tolerate corruption in this great game,” Lorgat added.


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