FIVE Indian Premier League players have been suspended pending an investigation into allegations of spot fixing and corruption.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a statement saying the players had been given provisional suspensions.
The five are: T.P.Sudhindra, Amit Yadav, Shalabh Srivastav, Abhinav Bali and Mohnish Mishra.
BCCI president Narayanaswami Srinivasan said the former head of the ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit, Ravi Sawanim had been appointed to make preliminary enquiries into the "involvement of players in illegal activities or activities against the interests of the BCCI and the game".
"The players are suspended with immediate effect. They would not be entitled to participate in any cricket match played under the aegis of the BCCI while under suspension," Srinivasan said.
Hindi-language India TV showed Sudhindra, of the Deccan Chargers, allegedly agreeing to bowl pre-arranged no-balls in a local amateur match, while Kings XI Punjab player Srivastava was reportedly heard boasting he could do the same in the IPL.
Srivastav told the Indian Express he would take legal action, adding, " The voice which suggests that I am ready to spot-fix is not mine"