Indian police arrested three cricketers and 11 bookmakers in Mumbai Thursday on charges of spot-fixing in matches.
The players, all bowlers, were Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, who respresent the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League, BBC reported.
Spot-fixing is different to match fixing in that it involves illegally rigging parts or spots of a match.
The Rajasthan Royals said in a statement it was shocked at the arrests.
“We are completely taken by surprise,” the Royals said in a statement on their website.
“We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game.”
Sreesanth, a fast bowler, played 27 Test matches for India, and last played for the national team in 2011.
The police alleged the three cricketers were paid up to 6 million rupees ($109,000) to send a signal to the bookmakers before they threw their second over, reported the New York Times.
They were expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon.