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Ex-Delhi Junior Cricketer Appears In 'Fixing' Video; Talks About Connections With Foreign Players

Cricketnext | Updated: December 15, 2017, 9:10 AM IST
Ex-Delhi Junior Cricketer Appears In 'Fixing' Video; Talks About Connections With Foreign Players

A screen grab of Sobers Joban. (The Sun)

New Delhi: Sobers Joban is not a very well known in cricketing circles, but the ex-Delhi cricketer has appeared in a video released by The Sun tabloid, where he is seen offering to sell the details of 'fixed' third Ashes Test between Australia and England. The match began on Thursday in Perth.

Joban, who represented Delhi and Himachal Pradesh at the junior level, is also seen boasting that he could send 'signals' to the players, before the fixed overs in the IPL match, and can fix four to five Big Bash League games. Also, Joban talks about his connections with Australian, Pakistani and South African cricketers.

After the video was released, Cricket Australia has said that it would give it's full cooperation to the ICC, for investigation. It is noteworthy, that Joban's career had come to a premature end because of a police case, pertaining to his certificates.

His father Baljit Singh Joban, who runs a cricket centre in Delhi, told Indian Express, “My son used to organise matches in Delhi. Maybe he met someone there, how would I know? Now that the ICC is investigating the case, let’s wait. If he has done something wrong, let them hang him… I asked him this morning about the incident and he said he had not done anything wrong. He’s a grown-up, I can’t advise him.”

“He was a good player but rarely played after the case. He has not played for the last four years. At one point, he was so depressed that I feared he would commit suicide. Currently, he stays here with me,” said Baljit.

As per the video, Joban is seen asking for a whopping 1,40,000 pounds to leak the information about the "fixed" overs. Also his partner Priyank Saxena is part of the video. “Bowling with full (sleeve) T-shirt is a signal, bowling (about to bowl) and stop is a signal,” Joban can be heard saying in the purported sting video.

The players who have participated in his tournaments were paid 'decent amount'. He took teams to Bangkok and Hong Kong too. One of the players, who played in such tournaments said, “He knows most of the players in Delhi. But now, I am sure these players wouldn’t want their names linked with his,” said another player.
First Published: December 15, 2017, 9:10 AM IST

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