Corruption in the IPL September 13, 2013

Sreesanth gets life ban for IPL fixing

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India and Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Sreesanth has been handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in spot-fixing in IPL 2013. His Royals team-mate and Mumbai spinner Ankeet Chavan was also banned for life, following the board's disciplinary committee meeting in Delhi on Friday.

Amit Singh, the Gujarat cricketer-turned-bookie, got a five-year ban, while Saurashtra and Royals seamer Siddharth Trivedi was suspended for a year for not reporting an approach among other things. Twenty-one-year-old Harmeet Singh, who was part of India's Under-19 World Cup winning team in 2012 and had a similar charge against him as Trivedi, has been cleared of wrongdoing due to a lack of evidence against him.

There has been no ruling as yet on offspinner Ajit Chandila, the third Royals player who was arrested in May, since he is yet to be questioned by Ravi Sawani, who led the BCCI's probe into the matter and whose report formed the basis for the board's actions. Save for a few days when Chandila was out on bail due to a death in the family, he has been in police or judicial custody since his arrest on May 16, meaning Sawani could not speak to him. However, he was granted bail on September 9, so his case should come up soon. Sreesanth and Chavan were out on bail since June 11.

While Trivedi is banned from playing any BCCI-organised cricket, the other three are banned from playing any such cricket or in any way being associated with activities of the Indian board or its affiliates. The penalties were decided upon by the disciplinary committee, comprising board president N Srinivasan and vice-presidents Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah. The ban means Trivedi will have to be replaced in Royals' squad for the Champions League T20, which begins on September 21.

Sreesanth tweeted soon after the news of his ban broke, saying he found it "surprising". "Been tracking the news channels... Me getting a life ban??!! Very surprising," he said. The tweet was deleted soon after.

The Sawani report had recommended bans ranging from five years to life for the four players it found guilty on multiple accounts, including "match-fixing" and "seeking or offering a bribe as a reward for match-fixing", the Indian Express reported earlier in the day.

Despite Sreesanth's "surprise", a BCCI insider revealed the committee was unanimous in handing him a life ban, with the intention of sending out a message. Amit Singh, the source said, benefitted from the fact that he wasn't involved in IPL 2013 as a player. "Moreover, even though he has introduced players to bookies, it has been established that he hasn't played any direct part in fixing. However, since he is a registered player with BCCI, he falls in the ambit of the BCCI ACSU code. As a result, five years was sought to be a suitable punishment," the source said.

However, the committee overruled Sawani's guilty ruling on Harmeet Singh, its sole divergence from the recommendations. Harmeet was given benefit of doubt. Since he was coerced into a solitary meeting, reported it to the Rajasthan Royals team management and ACSU immediately after Chandila's arrest and then co-operated with the police, it was felt it would be too harsh to spoil a youngster's career.

The disciplinary committee's task was made relatively easy by the tough tone of the final report, which said none of the players were naive to the propositions of manipulation.

"There is no specific mitigating factor that would require any mercy while sanctioning the aforesaid guilty players," Sawani said in the report. "Sreesanth has played a number of international games and was part of the Indian national team which won the inaugural T20 World Cup, 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. He has received the ICC ACSU education programme on many occasions. In any case all the three players of Rajasthan Royals who are now being accused and found guilty by the under-signed received the ICC Education Programme just prior to the beginning of the IPL-6 season i.e. on April 5, 2013. The programme was delivered to the entire Rajasthan Royals team by Mr Arrie De Bear, regional security manager of the ICC ACSU.

"Obviously, the anti-corruption education given to the three players had no impact on the conduct. Therefore, the three players deserve no leniency whatsoever."

The players, minus Chandila, were summoned by the board to present their case in the disciplinary committee meeting in Delhi.

Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested by Delhi Police on May 16 in Mumbai, for the alleged fulfilling of promises made to bookmakers, along with eleven bookies including Amit Singh. Royals later suspended their players and the BCCI set up an inquiry into the matter, headed by its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit chief Sawani. Apart from the action taken by the board, the players face possible prison sentences should they be found guilty in a court of law. They were among 39 persons named in the Delhi Police's chargesheet on alleged corruption in the IPL in July, charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and dishonesty under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

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  • YorkshirePudding on September 13, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Unfortunately this is the type of thing that we need to see happen in order to clean up the sport as a whole. As soon as cricketers realise there is a chance they will be banned for life, which also effectively becomes world wide bans for any ICC affiliated games, we might see them think twice before accepting money for these actions. I personally applaud the BCCI's stance, along with the other boards that take these measures. Only time will tell if this is to be a permenant ban.

  • on September 15, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    the over which they says is fixed is difficult to believe. as per the police its 14 runs the over was fixed for, out of first 4 balls, sree santh gave just 5 runs. every one knows ipl is of 20 overs, so it good bowling. of the 4 balls 2 balls were dot ball. if he was to give 14 runs on that over who wil take a risk of giving just 5 runs in the first 4 balls. as he have to give 9 more runs in last 2 balls to make it 14. gilchrist was the one batting, the whole world knows abt the talent of gilchrist. fifth and sixth ball were also good balls if u listen to the commentary , commentators clearly says abt the ball and they praise gilchrist for the reason of making it a boundary. so the total of that over became 13. another thing is asper delhi police sreesanth received 5 lakh(4969 brtish pound) for the match. common dude its too low for sreesanth he come from a bettr financial background, his brother is a music director for long time.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Justice delivered for all cricket fans. We pay a lot of money to watch cricket and deserve a fair and sporting game be played every time. But feel little hard for Sidharth Trivedi. I just wish that Sid's ban for an year should not be a deterrent to any other whistle blower or approver.

  • on September 14, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    I approve of bans for the good of the game but sorry about Sreesanth personally as I recall his action as an individual when playing for Warwickshire in 2009. When the game at Hove v Sussex had finished some boys were playing on the outfield and he came and joined them bowling slow left arm to them with a good action actually! Someone with this attitude to youngsters cannot be all bad.

  • on September 14, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    sreesanth has nothing to loose now, he should come out with a book, honestly telling all and let the chips fall where they will:)

  • manishwa on September 14, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    The entire report is based on hearsay. If only Sawani could point out out one bit of evidence, however small. Sadly, there's not one bit. He is not even privilege to the audio recordings. And why should Sawani trust the Delhi police's version more than the cricketers? The entire report simply is stated with opinions - "I think", "I believe", " I am confident" and so on. For heaven's sake, who are "you"?

  • on September 14, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Well September-GOOD FRIDAY the-13 Date News Break a mixed feelings. LUCKY for SOME, But UN-LUCKY for SOME which all News-readers will agree to my views. Exactly Friday 13 was Lucky for imagining that he is going to be in the year 2014 India's Future Prime Minister Mr.Narendra D. Modi. Why not? Well the time will tell my diligent, interested News Readers in this regard. But Friday 13 is also UN-LUCKY for Cricketers Sreesanth and Mumbai Lad Ankeet Chavan the Cricketer who was in his best of form last year for the Mumbai team has been banned for Life by the BCCI where his Greed has not only spoiled his image but his entire Cricketing Career. GREED is not the word. Sad for the young Mumbai Lad's Cricketing Career bidded Adieu by himself bcos of his Greediness involvement. Forget about Amit Singh his career is over, but Also sad for Siddharth Trivedi, Lucky for Harmeet Singh. So it is not the Human Figure Size of 34-26-34 but it is the No.13 is LUCKY for some & No.13 UN-LUCKY for some.

  • on September 14, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Injustice! Injustice! Don't hate the sinner, hate the sin. Is this the end of spot fixing..? Indians should protest strongly against it and IPL business..

  • on September 14, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    what to say its sad for a true cricket lover , a genune talent got banned, what he did is also very sad , that shouldnt happened, A PART FROM IPL WHAT IS SREESANTH.. HE IS AN AGRESSIVE TALENT WHICH INDIA DONT GET REGULARLY, SOURAV , BHAJJI , NOW VIRAT . HE HAS been the threat to australia he answered aussie both with ball and mouth .IPL IS A MONEY CENTERED EVENT sreesanth believes that he is the most talented player, and he is not getting enough chances ,and respect in the national teami what he deserves.... so he wants to earn money , QUICKLY that made him to commit psychological suicide. this should be a lesson to every youngster who are dreaming to become a legend . you have two best examples in the form of SACHIN AND RAHUL.. just follow their foot steps..to become legends. sreesanth been the lucky charm for india in big events .. it will be better to limit the ban upto IPL ALREADY HE DIED , NO NEED TO BURRY HIM...

  • on September 14, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    The spot fixing money must be huge to risk a career!

  • YorkshirePudding on September 13, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Unfortunately this is the type of thing that we need to see happen in order to clean up the sport as a whole. As soon as cricketers realise there is a chance they will be banned for life, which also effectively becomes world wide bans for any ICC affiliated games, we might see them think twice before accepting money for these actions. I personally applaud the BCCI's stance, along with the other boards that take these measures. Only time will tell if this is to be a permenant ban.

  • on September 15, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    the over which they says is fixed is difficult to believe. as per the police its 14 runs the over was fixed for, out of first 4 balls, sree santh gave just 5 runs. every one knows ipl is of 20 overs, so it good bowling. of the 4 balls 2 balls were dot ball. if he was to give 14 runs on that over who wil take a risk of giving just 5 runs in the first 4 balls. as he have to give 9 more runs in last 2 balls to make it 14. gilchrist was the one batting, the whole world knows abt the talent of gilchrist. fifth and sixth ball were also good balls if u listen to the commentary , commentators clearly says abt the ball and they praise gilchrist for the reason of making it a boundary. so the total of that over became 13. another thing is asper delhi police sreesanth received 5 lakh(4969 brtish pound) for the match. common dude its too low for sreesanth he come from a bettr financial background, his brother is a music director for long time.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Justice delivered for all cricket fans. We pay a lot of money to watch cricket and deserve a fair and sporting game be played every time. But feel little hard for Sidharth Trivedi. I just wish that Sid's ban for an year should not be a deterrent to any other whistle blower or approver.

  • on September 14, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    I approve of bans for the good of the game but sorry about Sreesanth personally as I recall his action as an individual when playing for Warwickshire in 2009. When the game at Hove v Sussex had finished some boys were playing on the outfield and he came and joined them bowling slow left arm to them with a good action actually! Someone with this attitude to youngsters cannot be all bad.

  • on September 14, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    sreesanth has nothing to loose now, he should come out with a book, honestly telling all and let the chips fall where they will:)

  • manishwa on September 14, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    The entire report is based on hearsay. If only Sawani could point out out one bit of evidence, however small. Sadly, there's not one bit. He is not even privilege to the audio recordings. And why should Sawani trust the Delhi police's version more than the cricketers? The entire report simply is stated with opinions - "I think", "I believe", " I am confident" and so on. For heaven's sake, who are "you"?

  • on September 14, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Well September-GOOD FRIDAY the-13 Date News Break a mixed feelings. LUCKY for SOME, But UN-LUCKY for SOME which all News-readers will agree to my views. Exactly Friday 13 was Lucky for imagining that he is going to be in the year 2014 India's Future Prime Minister Mr.Narendra D. Modi. Why not? Well the time will tell my diligent, interested News Readers in this regard. But Friday 13 is also UN-LUCKY for Cricketers Sreesanth and Mumbai Lad Ankeet Chavan the Cricketer who was in his best of form last year for the Mumbai team has been banned for Life by the BCCI where his Greed has not only spoiled his image but his entire Cricketing Career. GREED is not the word. Sad for the young Mumbai Lad's Cricketing Career bidded Adieu by himself bcos of his Greediness involvement. Forget about Amit Singh his career is over, but Also sad for Siddharth Trivedi, Lucky for Harmeet Singh. So it is not the Human Figure Size of 34-26-34 but it is the No.13 is LUCKY for some & No.13 UN-LUCKY for some.

  • on September 14, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Injustice! Injustice! Don't hate the sinner, hate the sin. Is this the end of spot fixing..? Indians should protest strongly against it and IPL business..

  • on September 14, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    what to say its sad for a true cricket lover , a genune talent got banned, what he did is also very sad , that shouldnt happened, A PART FROM IPL WHAT IS SREESANTH.. HE IS AN AGRESSIVE TALENT WHICH INDIA DONT GET REGULARLY, SOURAV , BHAJJI , NOW VIRAT . HE HAS been the threat to australia he answered aussie both with ball and mouth .IPL IS A MONEY CENTERED EVENT sreesanth believes that he is the most talented player, and he is not getting enough chances ,and respect in the national teami what he deserves.... so he wants to earn money , QUICKLY that made him to commit psychological suicide. this should be a lesson to every youngster who are dreaming to become a legend . you have two best examples in the form of SACHIN AND RAHUL.. just follow their foot steps..to become legends. sreesanth been the lucky charm for india in big events .. it will be better to limit the ban upto IPL ALREADY HE DIED , NO NEED TO BURRY HIM...

  • on September 14, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    The spot fixing money must be huge to risk a career!

  • on September 14, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    So let me see if i get this right... The court case never went through to challenge srinivasin's involvement of setting up the panel that cleared the officials(one being his son in law) of wrong doing, but i assume that it was the same panel who handed the "information" to the bcci who have doled out a couple of life bans for fixing an ipl match? the situation stinks a bit in my opinion.

  • Priyanka_Cricket on September 14, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Waqs77 - Dont get jealous of IPL if pakistani players are not allowed to play in it..... :)

  • on September 14, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @ Srinivas Ravichandiran Amir was underage and confessed to his involvement, plus he spent spent in juv

  • abdvak on September 14, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Great to read that action has been taken against the errant players.BBCI has been very quick.Now the same promptness in action should be shown against the errant IPL officials (team manager,etc) who have been found guilty.

  • on September 14, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    So Sreesanth and Chavan are banned for spot fixing in an IPL match, but Mohd. Amir who did the same thing in a test match will return to cricket in 2 years. Hmm.. sounds unfair

  • on September 14, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    So what happens to Meyyapan and Raj Kundra then? They were involved in betting inspite of being owners of the team. That is an equally criminal offence.

  • YAYAVAR on September 14, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    The moral of the story is that the beating will continue until the moral improves.

  • latecut_04 on September 14, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    @GraemeRodda thanks for some insightful comments from down under.as you said all cricket fans in India know that bigger fishes are yet to be nailed.But the reason for the lack of posts stating this is diplomacy.I for one has sent 6 comments including challenging Azhar'sreentry to Indian cricket but NONE has been published.Let us see if this comment sees light....

  • Waqs77 on September 14, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Drama by BCCI...they given punishments just to show the world that the most corrupt league (IPL) is free of match fixing but the truth is either way.

  • disco_bob on September 14, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Samar_Singh on (September 13, 2013, 11:30 GMT), Money is Laksmi, and is most certainly not 'evil'.

  • MKrishnaswamy on September 14, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    I hope the life ban doesn't extend to participating in IPL as one of the dancers who celebrate every boundary or wicket. That is the only alternate career open to Sreesanth.

  • CamS71 on September 14, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Good. Not as if he was much cop anyhow.

  • Reggaecricket on September 14, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Sreesanth never learned any humility. he always tried to do things that were beyond his capabilities. I guess he took things a bit too far this time. He was a spent force anyway, so i doubt the Cricket world will miss him.

  • siddhartha87 on September 14, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    so there will be no action against Meyyapan because he is the son in law of N.Srinivasana? Was seeing the old CLT matches in TV this days and i have noticed that Meyyapan was always there in the players dug out.

  • thebrownie on September 14, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    And the board officials get away scot free? Why are CSK or RR still allowed to field teams when their owners / officials were betting on the results of their own teams? As usual, go after the small fish.

  • on September 14, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    really good decision, appreciate bcci

  • on September 14, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    The tempted ones got punished. What about the ones who tempt?

  • wolf777 on September 14, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Oh well, these are small time actors in the plot…I think the investigation is over for BCCI…public and press will move onto different thing and BCCI will never let anything happen to Fat Cats…

  • GraemeRodda on September 14, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    Again, and I say so sadly, another example of what appears to be two different sets of so-called "standards". One for the cricketers and, guess what, another one for officials that have been mentioned but not aparently challenged. And the really sad part is that the average Indian cricket follower knows this, and only a few waste their time trying to voice it in comments here and elsewhere.

    And if you want to know why; it's simple really; they don't want to waste their time on trying to achieve 'the impossible'.

    As a fair-minded Australian who comes from the state that nurtered the wonderful Dean Jones (amongst athers), I am personally so sad that Indian cricket followers, who LIVE for their cricket and just adore their own national champions, are once again seemingly being let down by officialdom.

  • on September 14, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    A very mediocre and overrated bowler - he needed a lot more guidance in his career than he actually got. Perhaps if he wasn't as lonely or isolated a figure as he was and integrated himself in the team a bit more, his somewhat lacking cricketing skills might have improved and he would have resisted the temptation to enter dark territory.

    Contrary to popular belief and mythmaking about Indian cricket, India have had many better pace bowlers than Sreesanth. He is no great loss.

  • dunger.bob on September 13, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Money makes the IPL go around. Wherever you have lots and lots of money you will always find people who are willing to do the sussest things to get some of it. I think this is going to be a constant problem for the IPL.

    I'm not much of a BCCI fan, but I have to say I applaud them for this. Most people want to see a contest decided by the players, not the bookies. .. anyway, good luck in rooting out corruption wherever it may be found and if you continue to name and shame those involved you should at least make people think twice before attempting to fix a match. .. good call BCCI, and for once I'm happy to say "more power to you".

  • ruester on September 13, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Question to you all, who are complaining about Travedi getting a ban for not reporting approaches from bookmakers. Why would he not report it? It is a simple matter of calling an official. Or does Travedi not respect cricket and think match fixing is good for the game? Please answer that.

  • Dhanno on September 13, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    @ Hasan, I would not say it is stupidity, in cases of some it is sheer audacity, they know others are doing wrong and getting away and think they can do the same. I mean there is no mention of what happens to BCCI President's SIL, who placed bets on inside knowledge? These are big enough people, if Sreesanth knows this guy is involved he would be fair to think nothing will happen to him in case he gets caught (or he wont get caught, cause powers to be will back him). So he has the guts to commit the crime. @Yannick In case of others, unknowns like Chavan, youngsters like Harmeet and non-reporters like Trivedi, they could have been coerced, had seen others do it (seniors), could be made to believe that reporting will only harm them. I mean if trivedi knows Sreesanth is doing it, + top official might be involved in bets, there is more chance he will keep quiet. If he complains good chance he will be accused of being ring-leader. So it boils down to each and everyone's circumstances.

  • helloDolly on September 13, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Now how many of you think that corruption is gone!as Arrow011 wrote;well! it's a story of ''you scratch my back and I scratch your's" and here someone got greedy;you don't have to far; look around you and all you will see is CORRUPTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RajasH on September 13, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    cricket as a profession has a short life span. IPL may sound good. But one day you are a star next day you in the rubbish heaps.

    These guys cant handle the pressure but to succump to fraud

  • GrindAR on September 13, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Sreesanth: 27 tests in 7+ years Test debut India v England at Nagpur, Mar 1-5, 2006 scorecard Last Test England v India at The Oval, Aug 18-22,

    53 ODIs in 8+ years ODI debut India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, Oct 25, 2005 scorecard Last ODI India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Apr 2, 2011 scorecard

    Every one knows how he was treated by the board. Other players of his caliber played atleast 2.5x as his numbers.

    He is one of the worst treated player by the board after L. Sivaramakrishnan. His on-field/off-field behaviors were not even half way as Mr.Kohli is. What a shame, that BCCI is shameless on its partial behaviors.

  • BobCo on September 13, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    good riddance. now lets see the rest of the corrupt folk involved get the boot too.

  • Alexk400 on September 13, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    It is always easy to punish small people. When it comes to owner , all go scott free. Just like US banks. if banks lose billions in gambling and bets and they were rewarded with loans , if same done by one guy , he would be spending life in prison. Even though i do not like sreesanth 100% , i wanted to hear his story first to see why he did it with all the money he earned from IPL , why he went for chump change money ?. I have a feeling , sreesanth got involved deep underground because he is mixed up with bollywood extras. :)

  • on September 13, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    It is the story of every scam, they find a scapegoat and throw those few under the bus. This has to be done so that the system itself can continue with business as usual. If people lose faith in the system itself then the billions to be made in the future will be under threat. Its amazing how we fall for it every time.This is not to defend Sreesanth and Co in anyway, but the idea that these were the bad apples and the rest are clean as crystal is basically helping the corrupt system continue.

  • gauravm5 on September 13, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    but wat about Srnivasan calling his son-in-law sports enthusiatic not CSK owner. if Srinivasan can continue then why not sreesaanth

  • on September 13, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    The amount of money that cricket players make FAR exceeds the money they can make from bribes. It is ridiculous to think that players will take 10 or 20k$ and risk making the 1mil you can comfortably make over 3 years. Sreesanth is only 30 and still had good three years. Jobless and stupid. Bad place to be.

  • on September 13, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Big fish got away yet again ...

  • Cyril_Knight on September 13, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @AshesErnie You've summed that up perfectly. Meaningless cricket played for massive rewards. The problem comes when 25% of the players are playing for peanuts while below-average players like Glenn Maxwell earn £1million (believe me, he is absolute rubbish).

    For those criticising the officials, you are right. But if BCCI/IPL officials did a real investigation, your 'wonderful' competition would have to be cancelled. These punishments shift attention to the cricketers so that the institutional corruption endemic in Indian cricket (especially at board level) is forgotten.

    Sachin got out before his reputation was tarnished by association. Tip of the iceberg comes to mind!

  • La_Bangla on September 13, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    What about the Raj Kundra and company? Sounds like the ultra rich escaped unharmed as usual. And Trivedi the lone man, who stood up against fixing got a year ban. Go figure..

  • sitaram58 on September 13, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Did the police return the money they confiscated? Did they deduct tax at source before they did? is he ineligible to caoch for life or find work as a commnetator or umpire. Sreesanth now has the requisite qualifications to stand for elected office. he should make it his life's mission to enter politics and evenutually become the first BCCI chief from Kerala - then he can settle scores with his tormentors.....

  • Maddy83 on September 13, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    ok...they got banned...good decision...but who is gonna ban srinivasan?

  • on September 13, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    good very fair in the interest of the game

  • on September 13, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    The tip of the iceberg is cut, but the rest of the part is still under water. If U know what I mean

  • subgul on September 13, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Totally unfair..Unless you treat everybody equally I would say it is a unfair to Sreeshanth. Nothing happened to Gurunath. Where are all the big fish. We think it has sent a message to the player but just assume for a moment that some big fish made Sreesanth as a scapegoat, in that case his life is ruined. We all know how BCCI function and how effective our CBI and police is. They all are corrupt. So the only people who get punished are the one who can't bribe them or doesn't have big connection.

  • on September 13, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Yannick Gittens, Thank you for explaining. However, I don't understand how could a player, in this case Trivedi, risk reporting such incident, knowing that these bookies belong to organized crime syndicates. I bet, these bookies approach or approached everyone whenever they can or could. Albeit, I understand your point, and it logically makes sense, but again, it is very hard in real life for you are dealing with criminals. Thank you though!

  • royals1986 on September 13, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    what about the big fish involved in this, including BCCI president Mr Srinivasan and his son in law. Law should be equal for every one.

  • sandy_bangalore on September 13, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Really unfair on Sree! I dont think there was any concrete proof other than some hazy link with someone called Jiju Janardhan. I hope these so-called proofs are made public

  • Cricfacts on September 13, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    feels sorry for trivedi... should've fined him instead.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 13, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Justice has been served ! I am not sure what else cricket supporters can ask for. This will definitely serve as a stern lesson to all those guys who want to partake in shady activities. It's not only the IPL, but most leagues around the world are ripe for corrupt practices. Even ICC tournaments are not safe. This is why the BCCI and the ICC should work together to ensure proper measures are put in place to prevent such malpractices. Ultimately, the fans of cricket should be respected and treated well by keeping tournaments clean. If the cricket played on-field is fake, then we are all only wasting our times. Even the ECB has similar issues within its county system; many shady characters in there too. But good riddance to Sreeshanth, what a shame ! Such a wonderful talent wasted.

  • PppSss on September 13, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Oh... and the bookie gets only a five year 'ban'. What kind of mesage is that ! These bookies are also real scum, because they repeatedly harass and bait vulnerable cricketeers. The punishments should be meeted out with no mercy on BOTH sides.

  • on September 13, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    i never liked sreesanth. The audacity..even after earning so much money...their greed doesnt end

  • on September 13, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Perfectly fair decision, if Hansie got a ban for life for only taking money then Sreesanth's ban is fine

  • on September 13, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Banning Siddharth Trivedi for "not reporting" ? He should be applauded for his role rather than punished.

  • kumarnk on September 13, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Agree with the decisions on players but what about the other higher officials?

  • 200ondebut on September 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    They should all be thrown in jail and the IPL scrapped.

  • SamRoy on September 13, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Sid Trivedi gets a year ban and I am still not sure what Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan's punishment is going to be. Probably nothing.

  • Technical-1 on September 13, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    As it is said, Two Emotions that adversely affects humanity, " Fear and Greed."

  • sgma on September 13, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    the real test will be with srinivasan and kundra. these guys are small fish.

  • on September 13, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    @Shijimon Kacheriyil; @ Francis Samuvel : @11_Warrior

    You guys and me: If we are looking for a "Cricketing Hero" from our state Kerala, let us switch our attention to some one like Sanju Samson! We have to stop betting on the wrong horse!

  • AussiePhoenix on September 13, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    I support harsh penalties on players who are found guilty beyond any doubt of interfering with the game. However, I can't help but think this is like sentencing a drug user to life in prison, without doing anything to catch those responsible for the event in the first place. The player is the last person to be involved, shouldn't the bookmaker get an equal life ban? I don't understand.

  • fr600 on September 13, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    LOL@Arrow011. Perfect comment. Period.

  • on September 13, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    So even Indians are match fixer I thought it was only Pakistan .

  • on September 13, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    @Hasan Rabani I know that It may not seem Fair to Siddharth Trivedi but in truth these player sign a contract in which states that they need to report any approach by any bookie to have them involved in match / spot fixing and if you do not report it you are as guilty as the other party. they have all signed it and if it is in the contact you have signed that means you agreed to it. Its sad but its true I like Siddharth Trivedi and dont like the fact htat he has to be banned to he did sign to it.

  • Solid_Snake on September 13, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Destroying the career of a player whose career has already been finished...No wonder why there was no player involved in this scandal who could have been of some use to Team India in Future...Great move BCCI..Now you can now stop deceiving the world..

  • on September 13, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    It is unfair decision before court verdict............

  • on September 13, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    thats great action. not only pakistani are banned now indians are also banned

  • on September 13, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    does this mean pak players will be allowed in the IPL now cause Indian players are now also guilty of match fixing?

  • hitesh18805 on September 13, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Same old story of BCCI administration, where cricketers get worse possible punishments and administrators (such as Gurunath Meiyappan) get away, while they both should have been treated equally. I wish Indian Cricket find a new board.

  • fifer on September 13, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    well deserved! but what about srinivasan and co.?

  • rajcan on September 13, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Cricinfo please publish this comment. Lets live in the world of freedom of expression....

    BCCI is always soon to punish weakest link or someone not with them. Many are afraid of criticizing BCCI, fearing they will be alienated.

    BCCI officials, especially Srinivasan have been escaping from fair investigation. Can govt do something about it?

  • on September 13, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Can't believe it, someone has framed my idol.

  • Arrow011 on September 13, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Thank god the rubbish is out, cricket is more saner now.

  • on September 13, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    As an England fan who admires Indian cricket for the wonders of Tendulkar, Dravid and Kumble I have to say that the right decision has been taken. In my opinion BCCI should move with the times where DRS is concerned I feel the rest of the sporting world has to follow their example...cheats whether its match fixing or PED's should be banned for life because this is the true definition of cheating

    As far as Sreesanth goes I remember when he first toured the UK in 2007 I think...I thought he would become a fine cricketer but theres always a controversy following him around and hearing he was involved in this action had to be taken just like the Pakistani trio were punished

  • JD04 on September 13, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Appeal in court and decision being overturned is course of future, in my opinion! That way BCCI saves its skin and the players also reach a compromise.

    If the court allowed all to go scot-free for lack of evidence that prosecution couldn't provide, how will BCCI provide the same?

  • on September 13, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    This is planned and one sided decision to end sreesanth's career!

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    A great justice by the BCCI & Ruling court, amazing decisions made by them, totally agreed, will be waiting for decision on chandila

  • AshesErnie on September 13, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Weak men succumb to temptation. The causes of corruption are the way the IPL is run, the money involved and the fact that the cricket is meaningless. Nobody really cares who wins, they just want money.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 13, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    @chechong0114, I doubt the ecb lost as much as some reports state as they would have had some form of event insurance cover in case of rain and bad weather forcing an abandonment, and thius ticket refunds.

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Cricket is known as gentlemen's game. Sreesanth doesn't belong in that. He has always been a thorn in the squad. Everytime his wrong doings overlap his good performance. But ultimately he paid the price for his arrogance.

    He should understand the mistakes he committed and learn his lessons from it.

    I'm glad they caught him now and set him as an example.

    Good luck in the future. and see you in BIG BOSS!!

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    yeah, that's called justice.i'm happy with this wonderful decision. If you want to save Cricket and Cricketism this kind of judgement is just perfect.

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Money is attracting good cricket players but the greedy has been spoiled. I do not understand as to why cricketers get trapped. Cricketers have to under go courses on Bhagavat Geeta taught to them by sadgurs and other religious leaders. The should be made aware that God has given by the gift of talent in various fields by the God which has to be utilized for the good of the society. This will apple to scientists, politiations, doctors etc. otherwise the whole world will be spoiled. The should learn good things from leaders like Rathan Tata, Azimp Premji, Bill Gtes, Waren Buffet etc. which would go a long way in their thinking and attitude. Every human being should think that the should be thankful to God and give Back some thing goog to the society

  • ritearmover on September 13, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Its so ironic that the photograph has him wearing a Roger Federer t-shirt - someone who has always been an absolute gentleman throughout his career.

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Always around a controversy ... And now he is paying for it

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    I am a Pakistani, and by and large, consider myself a non discriminating Cricket fan. I personally do not believe Siddharth Trivedi to be of such character to be involved in such activities.Being punished for "not reporting" is too harsh in my humble assessment, unless I am reading it wrong. Therefore, banning Siddharth Trivedi for one year is NOT fair. As for the rest, stupidity is not national, tribal, nor religious, it is stupidity nonetheless; weather driven by greed or emotions, it is still called stupidity.

  • londondoc on September 13, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Exemplary punishment- though a bit ironic to see Mr Srinivasan on the disciplinary committee!

  • vigneshvinu on September 13, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Quite surprising amit singh gets 5 year ban,while chavan and sreesanth gets life ban. BCCI should have shown mercy towards trivedi.

  • Paddy789 on September 13, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Sreesanth has played a number of international games and was part of the Indian national team which won the inaugural T20 World Cup, 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. Why he has to do that ? Why ????

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    @11_Warrior. Please don't mix up two different things: (a) the legal process, as per laws of the nation (in India's case, mainly the 'Indian Penal Code' & any other law enacted by the Govt which may include terms of punishment for breach) & (b) the process followed by an employer with his employee. What happened today is the latter.

    A court will punish, ONLY if there is/are provable evidence/s, without any reasonable degree of doubt; according to the jurisprudence of the country.

    An employer who 'suspects' (repeat: suspects) his Cashier (his employee) indulging in embezzlement can ask the Cashier to put in his papers, paying him whatever dues, as per the terms of employment. They can also decide, internally, NEVER to consider that person again for employment within the Company. Period! Same will be the case of a Charming Salesman, though a darling of the Clients,who under suspicion of wrongdoing, can be asked to go.

    Employer can't put someone in jail; but the court can & do so!

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Once again Cricket lost its meaning. The powerful ones stay in their positions and those who have less influence gets kicked out. I believe Sreeshant is Innocent. I don't know if he will make a comeback, but the injustice done to him will never be forgotten by true-cricket loving fans. And "Even though a thousand criminals get away, not even one INNOCENT should be punished!!"

  • ruester on September 13, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    So glad we won't have to see Sreesanth again, he always was spoilt, poorly behaved and unprofessional. He was "surprised" how stupid could he be? How many anti corruption meetings did he attend, or did his ego convince him that he was bigger than the game. BCCI for once I applaud you for your actions. Wow never thought I would say that!

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    This is a good dicision by the BCCI & it will changes the minds of the indian cricketer.

  • on September 13, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Stern action I am sure next is the son in law ?

  • Brightonbumpkin on September 13, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    As others have said, an excellent decision by the BCCI - there can be no place for cheats in cricket. As for the Leniency for Trivedi comments, why? Why should a grown man, who witnesses a crime that he has been repeatedly told to report, get leniency when he refuses to do so? By not reporting it, is he not playing a significant role in cheating us, the paying public? Turning a blind eye is almost as bad as doing the crime yourself. No sympathy - I think he was jolly lucky to get such a short ban.

  • sony_sr on September 13, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    @11_Warrior, most probably they will not get any punishment from court coz match fixing is not yet considered as a criminal offence under IPC. They may get punishment for cheating RR but since its owner itself was involved in betting there is little chance of any punishment from court. Also bcci is not a govt owned body and these players are not public servants, so they cannot be charged against cheating public as well.

  • Adnan-Ahmed on September 13, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    His behavior onfield was abysmal to begin with, and then he tops it off by being corrupt. Cricket doesn't need him.

  • on September 13, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    good punishment but i m sad for sreesanth promising cricketer a lot of cricket left in him wondor how he indulged himself in it.money make them crazy. bye bye guys

  • CricketMaan on September 13, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    What a waste of talent. Allan Donald once remarked he has never seen such a perfect seam position in his career. From that to life ban..greed has its say! 3rd indian cricketer to get life ban. Azar was smart to join congress and make a better life, he is now back talking cricket too. So sree to join mollywood?

  • chechong0114 on September 13, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    This is a really sad day for the sport of cricket and also for the sporting careers of these promising young men, what is even more puzzling about this whole issue is why did they do it? What are these bookies offering these players that they could under play in the IPL tornament for bribe money. Are they oblivious to the disciplinary actions that some of the Pakistani players received for their part in match fixing not too long ago, the ICC and all cricketing bodies take it very seriously when players bring the game into disrepute especially when it comes to underplaying for money. Where were they when all of this was going on. That said I still sympathise with the players and believe the ICC is the real fault for all this match fixing going on. The issue of money continues to plague the sport, look how much money the ECB lost due to two rain out games who will compensate them for all that lost revenue. I pray for Sreesanth and those other players and hope its not the end for them.

  • KKRajesh on September 13, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Absolutely you deserve it, Sreesanth..

  • 512fm on September 13, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    I'm just happy we won't have to see Sreesanth the cricketer ever again.

  • M@sK_Lanka on September 13, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Thank you BCCI!, Srisanths' behaviour on the field was pricking to my eyes. finally he is gone!

  • on September 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Excellent decision to ban these players for life. A strong message needs to be sent to potential cheaters. There is no place for cheaters in world cricket. We the fans pay so much money and lose so much sleep to support our teams and these money-hungry guys take money to throw a match. Unacceptable and hurtful. Congrats on banning these players, BCCI.

  • 11_Warrior on September 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    What if they are proved innocent in the court of law?

  • milepost on September 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    It is the only suitable punishment, as harsh as it is. It is the only message to send players and officials involved. Who wants to watch cricketers come back into the game after you know they have been involved in fixing? Sensible by the BCCI.

  • on September 13, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    This must be a joke. They haven't even started the case and the judge has even slammed the police for not having sufficient evidence.

    They are just accused, and not yet guilty! They are still innocent until proven otherwise!

  • npc_cricketlover on September 13, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    did trivedi deserve that ban.....he has just been a victim of time. This may not encourage players to reveal abt match fixing details even if they are aware of in future

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    as true fan of Cricket I appreciate this move by board's disciplinary committee....

    but Siddharth Trivedi case is too much... he could have given a warning and let him play the cricket..... it is not fair judgement in this regard.....

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Perfect decision.

  • satzcrazy1 on September 13, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Life Ban is a perfect punishment for those who involve in wrong doing in Cricket. We as a cricket crazy nation can not accept such activities to spoil this fantastic sport. Sreeshanth and co should feel shame on themselves... Now Sreesanth cant even bowl in his dreams as well.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Weird...If Harmeet Singh have been cleared for the same charges as Trivedi, then why not Trivedi can also be cleared? And moreover, he have become crucial witness for Police in the fixing case. Surely, a lobby is working out here.

  • Charlie101 on September 13, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    No half measures - life ban for 2 of them. Whilst I feel sorry for Trivedi , it does send a message that players have to inform the auhorities when approaches are made.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Deserves it

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Sreesanth - All Arrogance... no honesty.... Pat on the hand days are gone. Good judgement so that future aspirants dont go his path...

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Good decision .. Needs to take tht kind of step 2 avoid such kinda incident in the future..

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Match fixing has ruined a lot of talented cricketers around the World. What a shame, I seriously hope that all the boards and ICC takes all neccessary steps, so this beautiful game can stay clean.

  • Samar_Singh on September 13, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    That's why there is a saying " money is evil " and Shreshant is not lesser either. Real arrogant.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Talent sans modesty will surely go erratic. That's a sad example set by Sree to the aspiring cricketers.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    what a sorry state !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    why trivedi?? poor trivedi !

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    why trivedi?? poor trivedi !

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    what a sorry state !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Talent sans modesty will surely go erratic. That's a sad example set by Sree to the aspiring cricketers.

  • Samar_Singh on September 13, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    That's why there is a saying " money is evil " and Shreshant is not lesser either. Real arrogant.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Match fixing has ruined a lot of talented cricketers around the World. What a shame, I seriously hope that all the boards and ICC takes all neccessary steps, so this beautiful game can stay clean.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Good decision .. Needs to take tht kind of step 2 avoid such kinda incident in the future..

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Sreesanth - All Arrogance... no honesty.... Pat on the hand days are gone. Good judgement so that future aspirants dont go his path...

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Deserves it

  • Charlie101 on September 13, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    No half measures - life ban for 2 of them. Whilst I feel sorry for Trivedi , it does send a message that players have to inform the auhorities when approaches are made.