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In a major disappointment for former Indian fast bowler, the Board of Control for Cricket in India today imposed a life ban on the Kerala paceman ater finding him guilty of spot-fixing during IPL 6. Besides Sreesanth, three other Rajasthan Royals player Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and Amit Singh have been found guilty of being involvedin spot-fixing during the cash-rich T20 league.
The BCCI did not announce the punishment for Chandila but awarded life ban to Chavan too. Another royal player Siddharta Trivedi was awarded one-year ban while Amit Singh was left without any punishment. The harsh punishment imposed by the BCCI sends a message that the Board was unwilling to accept any in disciplinary activity and is ready to deal these things with iron hand.
The probe in this case was conducted by the BCCI's anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani. The players have been found guilty on multiple counts.
The probe found that former IPL and Gujarat player Amit Singh, who was also associated with the Royals till 2012 season, had met Chandila to hold talks over fixing IPL games.
It is learnt that Sawani had informed the players about the findings of his probe three days ago. Sources said that he has recommended that the tainted players be banned for a minimum period of five years.
It is to be noted that none among the four have accepted their involvement in the spot-fixing saga. Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested by Delhi Police from Mumbai on May 16. They were charged under the Indian Penal Code section 420 and 120B and were taken to Tihar Jail. All three are now out on bail.
The incident opened a can of worms with both Delhi Police and Mumbai Police arresting some well-connected bookies, who revealed that betting and fixing during IPL is not a new thing.