Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur, who is also a Lok Sabha MP has introduced three private member bills including a significant ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ bill that recommends 10 years of jail term for any sportsperson indulging in match-fixing. The commission would conduct trials of such cases, frame rules, and by-laws of practices along with the help of sports associations.

“It is only fair to bring in accountability to be fair to sports lovers. As such there is no law which is there to curb match-fixing. It is absolutely mandatory to have a law that can combat the menace,” Thakur said when asked as to what made him introduce the bill in Lok Sabha.

According to the bill that has been placed in the Lower House, it’s objective is to establish a national sports ethics body to ensure ethical practices in sports as well as strive towards the elimination of doping practices, match fixing, and fair play, fraud of age, gender and sexual harassment of women in sports.

The bill further states: “This comes as an aftermath of the recent corruption and match-fixing charges that were thrown up in Indian Cricket and other sports by multiple players.”

The sixth season of the league, in 2013, threw up issues that have since snowballed into a saga, bringing the game much disrepute. Players were alleged to have fixed games, team owners were found to be involved in betting, cricket administrators were accused of protecting perpetrators and the highest judicial body in the country had to be summoned to fix the mess.

The following timeline traces the series of events that began with the arrests of three players of the Rajasthan Royals franchise, S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

 

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