Two of Indians greatest players go head to head on Sunday in the final of the 2010 Indian Premier League but not even a personal battle between Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni will keep the ongoing IPL scandal out of the news.
While the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings focus on Sunday’s final new details have emerged about allegations of possible match fixing during last years IPL in South Africa with 27 cricketers reportedly under investigation.
According to sources within the Governments Income tax investigation unit several Indian cricketers as well as a number of international players are being investigated for their part in what could become the greatest ever match fixing scandal to hit the world of cricket.
There have been rumors in the past of match fixing in the IPL but the scale of these new claims is another blow to the tarnished image of the League and the allegations could yet prove to be the downfall of the entire league.
The Income tax investigation unit and the Enforcement Directorate are now analyzing mobile phone records for a number of franchises and those of several personalities who had access to VIP enclosures during the matches in South Africa.
A number of franchise owners have reacted angrily to the reports including Jay Mehta, co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders who said he will fight the allegations while Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya said he would be terribly insulted if his team hadn’t reached last years final on merit.
"I do not know who is talking about this match fixing and how they have come to such conclusions. These are pretty serious allegations. My team was also playing in South Africa & we reached the final. And if someone tells me that my team did not reach the final on merit then I'd feel terribly insulted," said Mallya.