December 17, 2017:
He boasted of his contacts with cricketers from Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.
Cricket Coach Baljit Singh Joban came to know that his son Sobers Joban is caught in an undercover video released by The Sun tabloid where he can be seen offering to sell the details of a “fixed” sessions of third Ashes Test.
3rd Ashes Test began in Perth on Thursday, with Australia leading five-match series against England 2-0.
Sobers Joban is himself a Former cricketer who has represented Himachal Pradesh and Delhi at junior level, is also shown boasting that he could get players to send the “signals” before rigged overs in an IPL match, and fix “four to five” Australian Big Bash T20 league games.
Video purportedly shows him claiming about his contacts with the cricketers from Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.
Within hours of release of the video, Cricket Australia stated that it would cooperate with the ICC in investigating its contents.
BCCI officials in India were not available for the comment.
Delhi’s cricket circles recall Sobers Joban as an “average cricketer” whose career came to an end when questions were raised over veracity of his certificates, which led to a police case in Himachal Pradesh.
Sun video shows Joban demanding up to 140,000 pounds for the information about which over was to be “fixed” to enable tabloid’s undercover reporters to bet for large amounts of money.
31-year-old Sobers Joban’s social media profile is flooded with the pictures from luxurious holiday destinations abroad and clips of him playing in the corporate leagues and local matches.
His father, Baljit Singh stated that,“He keeps travelling abroad on holidays to Dubai”.
Sun Magazine has claimed that undercover videos were recorded in Dubai and Delhi.
According to the players who have played in the tournaments organised by Sobers Joban, they were paid a “decent amount” to participate. He took teams to the tournaments in Bangkok and Hong Kong.
According to player, Sobers once ensured participation of a current India cricketer in one of the matches of a prize-money tournament.
Sobers Joban in his hay days was a top-order batsman and represented Himachal Pradesh in U-17, U-19 and U-22 age-group matches before playing for Delhi in the Under-22 category in 2007-08 season.