On Thursday morning, Baljit Singh Joban, who runs a cricket training center in Delhi, was awakened by the news that his son Sobers Joban was being shown in an alleged undercover video published by The Sun that offered to sell details of sessions “Fixed” from the third test of ashes The test began in Perth on Thursday, with Australia leading the series of five games against England 2-0.
A former cricketer who has represented Himachal Pradesh and Delhi at the junior level, Sobers Joban also allegedly boasts that he could have players send “signals” before mating in an IPL match, and fix “four to five” “Australian Big Bash T20 league games.
The video also allegedly shows him bragging about his contacts with cricketers from Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.
Within hours of the publication of the video, Cricket Australia said it would cooperate with the ICC in investigating its contents. BCCI officials were not available for comment. But in Delhi cricket circles, many remembered Sobers Joban as an “average cricketer” whose career was halted when questions arose about the veracity of his certificates, which led to a police case in Himachal.
“My son used to organize parties in Delhi, maybe he met someone there, how could he know? Now that the ICC is investigating the case, let’s hope … If he has done something wrong, let him be hung … I asked him this morning about the incident and he told me he had not done anything wrong, he’s an adult, I can not advise him, “says Baljit Singh, 62, who runs the Lal Bahadur Shastri Training Center in Vikaspuri.
“He was a good player, but he rarely played after the case, he has not played in the last four years, at one point, he was so depressed that I feared he would commit suicide, he is staying here with me,” says Baljit. He lives in northwest Delhi, Inderlok. Sobers Joban could not be reached for comment.
Sun’s video allegedly shows Joban demanding up to 140,000 pounds to get information about what else would be “repaired” to allow covert tabloid reporters to bet large amounts of money. The alleged partner of Joban Priyank Saxena, described by The Sun as a bookmaker and businessman, is also part of the video.
“The bowling with the full shirt (sleeve) is a sign, the bowling (about to play the bowl) and stop is a sign”, you can listen to Joban in the supposed video of the bite.
The 31-year-old social media profile is flooded with images of luxury holiday destinations abroad and clips of him playing in corporate leagues and local matches. “Keep traveling abroad on vacation to Dubai,” says Baljit Singh. The Sun has claimed that the secret videos were recorded in Dubai and Delhi.
According to the players who have played in the tournaments organized by Sobers Joban, they were paid a “decent amount” to participate. He also brought teams to tournaments in Bangkok and Hong Kong, one of them said.
Another player, who did not want to be named, said Sobers once secured the participation of a current Indian cricketer in one of the matches of a cash prize tournament. “He knows most of the players in Delhi, but now, I’m sure these players would not want their names to be linked to theirs,” said another player.
Sobers Joban was a high-level hitter and represented Himachal Pradesh in matches of age groups U-17, U-19 and U-22 before playing for Delhi in the Under-22 category in the 2007-08 season.