Shivani Shukla ∙ Feb 20 2023, 3:15 PM

Ex-BCCI Panel Chief Exposes Fixing and Sexual Misconduct in Indian Cricket

image-lecu1oi1Neeraj Kumar | PC: Twitter

Neeraj Kumar, a former IPS officer who led the BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) between 2015 and 2018, has lifted the lid on the dark world of Indian cricket in his book 'A Cop in Cricket' and made some shocking revelations.  

Neeraj, in his book stated that fixing is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to corruption in cricket, and a "minuscule percentage of the large-scale chicanery that cricket administrators indulge in".

Neeraj further stated that the IPL's profitable revenues in India are often misused by state cricket associations, as demonstrated by the 2015 Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association case.  

"In the three years that I spent at the BCCI, I realised that fixing was the proverbial tip of the huge iceberg of corruption in cricket. Fixing is, in fact, a minuscule percentage of the large-scale chicanery that cricket administrators indulge in."

"The handsome revenues earned by cricket in India - thanks to the IPL - are parcelled off to state cricket associations, where the money is mostly misappropriated. The 2015 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) case against the top bosses of the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) for embezzlement of crores of rupees given to them by the BCCI is a case in point."

Sexual Favours From Young Players

Furthermore, Neeraj Kumar stated that there are unsavoury events that happen during the team selection process at the grassroots level, which are kept confidential between the selector and the aspiring cricketer or their family. 

Neeraj further revealed that during his time with BCCI, he had to address several complaints from players, a few of which involved seeking sexual favours from young cricketers. 

"We were frequently approached by players and their guardians complaining that they were cheated of lakhs of rupees by coaches or officials who promised them a place in an IPL or Ranji team and then disappeared, leaving them high and dry."