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    IPL GC to have tele-conference on fixing issue

    New Delhi: The IPL's Governing Council will have a tele-conference this afternoon to discuss the television sting operation which claims to have blown the lid off "murky deals" in the cash-rich T20 league.

    IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said strict action would be taken if any player is found to be involved in spot-fixing. Top BCCI officials have already started discussing the issue among themselves amid indications that stern action could be taken against a few players who are shown in the sting operation.

    "The IPL Governing Council will discuss the issue. We have asked for the tapes. We will study the tapes and then take a decision," a top BCCI source said.

    A TV channel on Monday claimed to have blown the lid off "murky deals" in the IPL among players, organisers, owners and big guns of Indian cricket, prompting the BCCI to warn that stringent action will be taken if the report is found to be true.

    The channel, India TV, claimed it had done a sting operation in which many players confessed on hidden camera that they get much more than their prescribed auction under the table. According to the channel, its operation also revealed that spot-fixing is not only prevalent in IPL, but also first class matches are fixed and women played an important role in match-fixing.

    Asked about the sting operation, BCCI chief N Srinivasan had said, "We will ensure that the integrity of the game is protected. BCCI believes in the integrity of the game. We will take the strictest possible action.

    "If there is any truth in it... It is a fact that we will take strictest action. Even if it means suspending the players immediately. But [that has to be] based on some evidence and fact, for which I have asked the COO of IPL Sundar Raman to request for the tape."

    The BCCI said it will seek "complete footage" of the 'sting operation' and examine it thoroughly. BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said the entire incident was very disturbing and the Cricket Board would take strong action against any player found to be guilty.