New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Two suspected members of an International-Tennis match fixing nexus were charged by Police in Australia’s Victoria State (whose capital is Melbourne) on Saturday, of fixing at least two Tennis tournaments played in 2018 in Brazil and Egypt. According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, the Victoria state Police has named a Mohali-based Indian national Ravinder Dandiwal as a ‘central figure’ in the global match-fixing and betting scam.

The two-arrested members, Rajesh Kumar and Harsimrat Singh, allegedly influenced low-ranked players from Europe and South America through hefty amounts of money, backing upon which the associated members of the nexus placed bets all over the world. The Police has alleged that after getting the convincing match-results the money was sent to the tennis players via Western Union wire transfers.

Ravinder Dandiwal, the ‘central figure’, has not been charged by Victoria Police, but in the charges filed against the two arrested individuals, it has been alleged that players were “recruited (by Dandiwal) to engage in corrupt conduct”, while adding that, “one or more of the players had arranged with Ravinder Dandiwal to manipulate the result of the match.”

Mohali-based Ravinder Dandiwal who as per his social-media bio claims to own the ‘Ultimate Sports Management’, which in not-so-distant past, has promoted several Cricket tours in past, from Nepal to Thailand and even in Australia.

Dandiwal is reported to be a ‘relative’ of Harsimrat Singh, one of the match-fixing accused arrested by the Victoria Police.

According to an Indian Express report, Ravinder Dandiwal is on BCCI’s watchlist for quite a while, with an advisory put in-place by the Board for all BCCI-registered players to ‘not participate’ in the Cricket Leagues organised/linked to Dandiwal in any manner. BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit said that a Cricket League (Asian Premier League in 2017) organised by Dandiwal in Nepal was reportedly corrupt but it was out of its purview, though, ICC was made to be aware of it in any case. The BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ajit Singh, suspecting Dandiwal to be involved in an ‘immigration racket’ as well said that many Indian players who went to Australia to play a Dandiwal-organised Cricket League in Australia never returned.

“We found that the players who had vanished were charged hefty sums to be part of the team. Probably, it was an immigration racket and that’s why we lodged a complaint with police,” BCCI ACU chief Ajit Singh was quoted as saying in the matter.

The fixing matter will return for a court-hearing in Australia’s Victoria state in September.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta