Azad lashes out at BCCI, says they have no authority to carry out criminal investigation

New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad after his hunger strike demanding to scrap the Indian Premier League has lashed out at BCCI again saying that they had no authority out to carry out a criminal investigation by themselves and what logic did BCCI had behind setting up an inquiry commission to probe the spot-fixing scandal in IPL.

"Why were the five players caught not booked? Police should have booked the players for their alleged fixing charges and BCCI has no authority to conduct a criminal investigation,” said Azad at a function in the city today.

BCCI last month had suspended five Indian players after a sting operation done by a Television Channel allegedly exposed corruption in the tournament. The matter is under probe and the inquiry commission headed by Ravi Sawani, chief of BCCI`s Anti-Corruption Unit.

The five players who have been banned are TP Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab), Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali (Himachal Pradesh). None of these banned players have made India debut.

Azad who had earlier sat on a hunger strike on May 20 against asking for IPL to be stopped also spoke about sports betting and said that before regulating betting, sports bodies should be regulated as this is where government is losing out on income through taxes.

By Indian Sports News Network