- One of the two alleged match-fixers in the Ashes match-fixing expose by British tabloid ‘The Sun’ is Sobers Joban
- Joban is a former Indian cricket player who represented the states of Himachal and Delhi in age-group cricket
- Joban claimed that he has worked on scams with former and current internationals including a World Cup-winning all-rounder
NEW DELHI: One of the two alleged match-fixers in the Ashes match-fixing expose by British tabloid ‘The Sun’ is Sobers Joban, a former Indian cricket player who represented the states of Himachal and Delhi in age-group cricket. The video expose shows Joban and his associate, Priyank Saxena, a businessman, allegedly offer to sell details of rigged periods of play which could be bet on to win huge sums during the third Ashes Test in Perth.
Joban goes on to claim that he has worked on scams with former and current internationals including a World Cup-winning all-rounder and have liaised with a fixer in Australian cricket known as “The Silent Man”.
In the video, Sobers also hints at possibility of fixing Big Bash League (BBL) matches, Australia’s premier Twenty20 league.
So, who exactly is this Sobers Joban. Here’s everything you need to know about this 31-year-old.
Born in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, Joban played U-19 and U-22 level state level cricket. His cricketing records show that Joban’s first match was way back in 2002 in the Cooch Behar Trophy, India’s national cricket tournament for under-19 players, for Himchal Pradesh and went on to represent the state till 2006. In 2007, he moved to Delhi and played one CK Nayudu Trophy Under-22 match for Delhi against Himachal.
Joban’s father runs the Lal Bahadur Shastri Coaching Centre for cricket in Vikaspuri in Delhi.
In 2013, Joban was embroiled in a fake domicile issue, in which cricketers from other states obtained fake domicile certificates to play in Himachal Pradesh and represent the state in Ranji Trophy. This landed has landed three players, including IPL player Vikramjeet Malik, in trouble and chargesheet against them was filed in the court. Joban was playing for Himachal seven-eight years back and after which he played for Delhi.
Even though he goes on to claim in the video that Virat Kohli was his teammate there are no records on any match where Kohli and Joban played together. Joban in the video claims to have contacts with Australia, Pakistan and South Africa cricketers and talks about signals that can be sent to rig Indian Premier League and BBL matches. The tabloid said their undercover reporters were asked for up to £140,000 ($187,000, 158,000 euros) to “spot fix” markets such as the exact amount of runs scored in an over.
The video, Joban is seen saying that he could get players to follow “scripts” — such how many runs would be scored in a session, or an innings, when a wicket will fall and what a team would do if it won the toss.He said: “I will give you work in Ashes Test. Session runs. Maybe day one, two, three. We have two session work, one session costs 60 lakh rupees (£69,000), two sessions 120 lakh rupees (138,000). “If you are interested Priyank will talk to the Silent Man. If you want to go with him alright, but you will not sit in meeting. I don’t know what he give, script or session. “Right now if I tell you he want one crore (£116,000), he might want five crores (£580,000).”