It didn’t take too long for IPL to be caught in a match-fixing controversy. And who but the woe-begotten Kolkata Knight Riders could have found themselves in the eye of the storm.
Update: Lalit Modi denies any match-fixing. No one is under investigation, he told TV channels.
In the latest controversy to hit the team, IPL’ Season 2 Match 41 between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Bangalore Royal Challengers match has come under scanner after accusations of match fixing.
As if Kolkata Knight Riders’ woes were not enough, it now has to explain why its top scorer Brad Hodge was made to sit out, and that too in the hospitality box rather than the team dug-out during the game held on May 12, 2009. The team went on to play well despite not having Brad Hodge in the playing eleven, however.
Kolkata Knight Riders lost the match by six wickets, despite posting a competitive total of 173 runs.
IPL Chairman Lalit Modi has said that he will investigate the matter. “There is an anti-corruption unit. We will look into the TV footage and investigate about Hodge’s presence in the hospitality box,” he was quoted as saying.
In the Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers of Bangalore match, Kolkata Knight Riders, for the first time, posted a competitive total (their best so far) and looked like they had the game in their pocket.
In fact, it was probably critical for the Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match, at least for pride’s sake, given their dismal performance through the tournament. And, for once, the team did look like they would win the match, what with captain Brendan McCullum’s 84 and David Hussey’s 43, AD Mathews and WP Saha chipping in a bit.
So far, the Kolkata Knight Riders has only 3 points to their credit, from the 11 matches it has played so far. And while the team kissed its semi-final chances goodbye a long while ago, a win here would have ensured that they didn’t go out totally whipped.
There is no source to the allegations of match-fixing that we could figure out. Pat Buchanan is not going to be happy – it will be interesting to know wqhether it was the captain’s or the coach’s idea to make Brad Hodge sit out.