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Ashes fixing: My son not involved in fixing, says Joban's father

IMAGE: The view at sundown in the course of the day-night second Ashes Take a look at between Australia and England in Adelaide. : Cameron Spencer/Getty Photographs

Father of the previous Delhi age-group cricketer, caught within the Ashes spot-fixing controversy, says his son has by no means even been to England or Australia, not to mention repair matches involving the 2 nations.

In a sting operation carried out by British tabloid The Solar, Sobers Joban, together with one other alleged bookie Priyank Saxena, are seen claiming that they’ll repair Ashes Take a look at in lieu of 140,000 kilos.


Nonetheless, the Worldwide Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit has clarified that there has not been any proof of corruption within the ongoing Take a look at in Perth.

“My son has by no means been to UK or England they usually (The Solar) are claiming that he might have fastened an Ashes Take a look at,” Baljeet Joban instructed PTI.

“…he only goes to Dubai and Russia. Russia, because he has a Russian girlfriend whom he will marry,” added Baljeet, who runs the Lal Bahadur Shastri Teaching Centre in New Delhi, which isn’t the well-known LB Shastri Membership of which Gautam Gambhir is part.

His membership is situated in Vikaspuri.

“Proper now, I’m not letting Sobers communicate to anybody. Nobody from ICC ACU (anti-corruption unit) has contacted us,” he knowledgeable.

Within the sting, Joban was seen with Saxena, who was hauled up by cops final yr for an alleged fraud case whereby the latter had promised to get a lady cricketer a break in a state crew.

To this Baljeet’s reply was: “I can’t keep track of everything that my adult son does. I don’t know about his friend circle. All I know this is a part of a larger conspiracy.”

Baljeet is one among the many innumerable regulars seen hanging round with powers that be within the Delhi and Districts Cricket Affiliation (DDCA) on the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.

He had been an administrative supervisor of varied Delhi age group groups (U-19 and U-15) with blessings of former DDCA president Sneh Bansal, a former BCCI vice-president.

Bansal, by the way, was eliminated after allegations surfaced that he was concerned in monetary irregularities within the DDCA to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore.

“Yes I am Sneh Bansal’s man and will remain his loyalist,” Baljeet declares.

Within the DDCA circles, some previous timers, who had seen his son Sobers play within the league and likewise throughout age group trials, recall him as a below-par cricketer.

“Joban used his influence and got him selected in the Delhi U-23 team back in 2007-08. He was below average. He played age group cricket for Himachal Pradesh. Both father and son are big mouths known to make tall claims,” a senior DDCA official instructed PTI.

When Joban Sr was quizzed about his son’s cricketing expertise, he accused the DDCA of destroying his profession.

“DDCA completed my son’s profession. He performed a match towards Himachal Pradesh within the U-23 match. Since he had earlier performed for HP at Below-15, Below-17 and Below-19 ranges, he was booed and he acquired out. Bacche ko phir kabhi khilaya hello nahi (The child was by no means given an opportunity once more),” Joban stated.

What many in Delhi cricket circuit really feel is that Sobers, like his father, could have been making tall claims that acquired him into hassle.

“I am fully convinced that neither Sobers nor Baljeet knows any top Ranji cricketer leave alone any India player. They may get an odd selfie for Facebook post. I don’t think this fellow would know any England or Australia player,” the senior DDCA official stated.

“But if he is that small fry or a pawn in a bigger conspiracy or was acting as a conduit for bookmakers or fixing syndicate needs to be probed by ICC’s anti corruption unit,” he added.

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