New Delhi: Bangalore Royal Challengers owner Vijay Mallya on Tuesday gave a clean chit to the Indian Premier League in the wake of the match-fixing scandal involving the Pakistan cricket team, saying the Twenty20 event is free from any form of corruption.
"There is no corruption or match fixing in IPL. My team has participated in all three editions of IPL and I can say I am very satisfied that IPL is clean," Mallya told reporters after meeting ICC President Sharad Pawar at his office in Krishi Bhawan here.
The ghost of match-fixing scandal returned to haunt world cricket after an alleged fixer Mazhar Majid claimed in a sting operation by a British tabloid that several Pakistani cricketers, including captain Salman Butt and pacer duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, were involved in spot-fixing in the third Test against England at Lord`s.
Majid also claimed that apart from spot-fixing, Pakistani cricketers were also engaged in fixing the outcome of the game.
Mallya said that there is no place for corruption in cricket and anyone found guilty should be "dealt with severely".
"Any form of corruption in cricket is not just unfortunate, it should not happen. It should never be allowed to happen. If it happens, the players should be obviously punished," said the liquor baron, who also owns the Force India Formula One team.
"I am not a judge, neither I am an adjudicator. But as the owner of an IPL team and being an avid cricket fan, I feel any form of fixing should be dealt with severely," Mallya said.