New Delhi, Sept 13 IBNS | 12 months ago

Former Test pacer S. Sreesanth has been banned for life from playing any representative Cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) or its affiliates, said the Indian cricket board on Friday after the meeting of its disciplinary committee in New Delhi on the IPL match fixing allegations.


Cricketer Ankit Chavan met with the same fate.

According to a release by Sanjay Patel Hony. Secretary, BCCI, the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI, comprising N. Srinivasan, Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah, enquiring into the allegations of match-fixing against certain players, held a hearing on Friday at Hotel ITC Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi.

The BCCI anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani earlier had found four Rajasthan Royals players - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and Amit Singh- guilty of spot-fixing during this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.

After considering the evidence on record and hearing each of the Players in person, the Disciplinary Committee has passed the following order on Friday:

Ankeet Chavan is banned for life from playing any representative Cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.

S. Sreesanth is banned for life from playing any representative Cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.

Amit Singh (cricketer turned bookie) is banned for a period of five years from playing any representative Cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.

The case against Mr. Harmeet Singh has been closed in the absence of evidence against him.

Siddarth Trivedi (who did not report being approached for fixing) is banned for a period of one year from playing any representative Cricket or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.

Interestingly, BCCI President N Srinivasan, who was forced to step aside due to the involvement of his own son-in-law in the IPL scandal, was a part of the Board's Disciplinary Committee meeting that decided the fate of the cricketers.

The lid was blown off the IPL scam after Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan - were arrested along with 11 bookies from Mumbai on May 16 for their role in spot-fixing in the ongoing tournament.

(Posted on 13-09-2013)