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Sreesanth, Chavan, three others summoned by BCCI

Amol Karhadkar

September 12, 2013

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A composite image of Ajit Chandila, Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan - the Rajasthan Royals trio arrested by the Delhi police following a spot-fixing investigation
Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan (centre and right) will present their case to the BCCI on Friday © BCCI
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The BCCI has summoned Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, Harmeet Singh, Siddharth Trivedi and Amit Singh to present their case at the meeting of its disciplinary committee on Friday in New Delhi. Names of all these players were involved in the controversy surrounding the alleged spot-fixing in the IPL.

Ajit Chandila, another accused, hasn't been summoned because Ravi Sawani, BCCI's anti-corruption unit chief who has been carrying on the internal investigation, hasn't yet had the opportunity to question Chandila, who was released on bail only on September 9. ESPNcricinfo understands that a player has to be given seven days' notice to appear before Sawani. It hasn't yet been established if Chandila has been notified already.

The disciplinary committee consists of N Srinivasan, the BCCI president who has recused himself from the board's day-to-day affairs, and the vice-presidents, Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah. Srinivasan is expected to attend the meeting.

Since the disciplinary committee is a statutory body, it is not binding on it to forward their recommendations to the board's AGM later this month. If the committee feels some of the sanctions can be announced in Delhi, it is free to do so. Bans between five years and life are expected for Sreesanth, Chavan and Amit. The other two are likely to serve lesser time.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

It is unfortunate that we have effectively pronounced them guilty even before the verdict has come out. As a culture, we need to respect the innocence of these people until they are proven guilty. Even of they aren't proved guilty, their careers are over. I am not condoning match fixing or spot fixing, but there should be a fair trial where their guilt should be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Posted by CricketChat on (September 12, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

Irrespective of length of ban, one can safely assume the official cricket careers are over for those accused.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 12, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

These guys should NOT play competitive cricket inside India, period. The BCCI can let them off the hook with a suspension or finite ban of a few years but they must not feature in Ranji cricket or considered for national selection ever again. How can we have faith in such guys when they already let us down ? It hurts even more when I look at Sreeshanth. I hope justice prevails in the end.

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