Mumbai - Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has been banned from
cricket for life after being found guilty of spot-fixing during the
Indian Premier League, authorities said on Friday.
Ankeet Chavan, a
teammate of Sreesanth's in the Rajasthan Royals team, was also handed a
life ban following a probe by the Board of Control for Cricket in
India's (BCCI) anti-corruption chief Ravi Sawani.
Chavan have been banned for life from playing any representative
cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI
or its affiliates," the board said in a statement.
three-member disciplinary committee, taking action on Sawani's report,
handed a five-year suspension to Amit Singh, who played in the IPL till
last year, for his involvement in spot-fixing.
Siddharth Trivedi was suspended for one year after being found guilty of
the lesser charge of not informing officials about approaches made by
The case against Harmeet Singh, a 21-year-old spinner,
who had also been suspected of hiding a bookmaker's approach, was
"closed in the absence of evidence against him", the BCCI statement
The BCCI did not announce any action against another
Rajasthan Royals player, Ajit Chandila, who was also accused of
spot-fixing by the anti-corruption officer.
The BCCI have not
released Sawani's report but the Indian Express newspaper said that
Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were found guilty on multiple accounts,
including conceding a "pre-determined number of runs per over in
exchange for bribes".
Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan and Singh are
among 39 people who have also been charged separately in court by Delhi
Police in the corruption scandal that rocked this year's IPL.
30, is the only one to have played for India, having taken part in 27
Tests, 53 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 matches. He was a
member of India's victorious teams in the World Twenty20 in 2007 and the
World Cup in 2011.
The Indian Express quoted Sawani as saying in
his report that he hoped the BCCI will "impose such sanctions as
considered appropriate to send out a strong signal indicating the zero
tolerance policy of the BCCI to any corruption in the sport."
the anti-corruption education given to the players had no impact on the
conduct. Therefore, the players deserve no leniency whatsoever," he
said in his report.
The players were arrested in May along with
scores of bookies as part of a police investigation into the spot-fixing
scandal, which had caused outrage among fans in the cricket-mad nation.
chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan had voluntarily stepped aside from his
post in June after his son-in-law was arrested, and later released on
bail, over alleged links to illegal bookmakers.
Gurunath Meiyappan is one of the owners of IPL franchise Chennai Super
Kings, a team bought by Srinivasan's India Cements conglomerate when the
popular Twenty20 league was launched in 2008.
Gambling is mostly illegal in India, but betting on cricket matches thrives through networks of underground bookies.
Spot-fixing -- in which a specific part of a game, but not the result, is fixed -- is also illegal.