A former Indian cricketer, who was also a member of the country's World Cup-winning squad in 2011, has come under scrutiny after Rajasthan Police found out business links between the player in question and a match-fixing syndicate that operated during Rajputana Premier League (RPL).
The cricketer, who represented India in all three formats, was spotted on the sidelines of the T20 tournament organized in Jaipur last year, according to The Indian Express.
Notably, the RPL was flagged by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) last year.
The club cricketers-based league, telecasted in Neo Sports private channel, witnessed a lot of bizarre and suspicious passages of play. It is currently being probed by Rajasthan Police's Crime Investigation Department (CID).
Case could turn 'high profile': Report
Police figured out the alleged link between the cricketer and the mastermind of the "organized cricket racket", who partly bankrolled RPL while investigating 14 members of the league who were arrested in July last year.
Sources, according to the newspaper report, said the case could turn "high profile". They added that the investigators are banking on phone call records to dig deeper into the alleged link.
However, Additional DGP CID (Crime) Pankaj Kumar Singh, reportedly refused to comment on the involvement of the World Cup-winning Indian cricketer.
"We are currently probing links between private entities, those who are part of the cricket fraternity and officials. We will take action if there is evidence that links them to corruption," Singh said, as quoted by the report.
Notably, MS Dhoni had led India to its only second Cricket World Cup triumph in 2011. The skipper led from the front, scoring an unbeaten 91 as the Men in Blue defeated Sri Lanka in the final by six wickets.
S Sreesanth, who was part of the 16-member squad, is serving a life ban for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal of Indian Premier League 2013 edition.