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BCCI probe finds four players guilty of match-fixing

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September 13, 2013

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Sreesanth leaves a court in Delhi, May 21, 2013
End of the road? The Sawani report has recommended a ban of five years to life on Sreesanth and three others © AFP
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Who was found guilty of what

  • Ajit Chandila, Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Amit Singh
  • - Match-fixing
  • - Seeking or offering a bribe as a reward for match-fixing
  • Chandila, Sreesanth and Chavan
  • - Underperforming for a reward
  • - Ensuring the occurrence of an event during a match, knowing it is the subject of a bet
  • Amit Singh and Chandila
  • - Soliciting other players for match-fixing in the IPL
  • Chandila, Sreesanth, Chavan and Siddharth Trivedi
  • - Receiving payment or gift for the possibility of bringing cricket into disrepute
  • Chandila, Sreesanth, Chavan, Amit Singh, Trivedi and Harmeet Singh
  • - Failing to report an approach by bookmakers to fix a match to the BCCI anti-corruption unit
  • Amit Singh, Trivedi and Harmeet Singh
  • - Failing to report to the BCCI ACU the knowledge of another player being approached by a bookie

Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and Amit Singh have been found guilty of the alleged spot-fixing charges by the BCCI probe led by Ravi Sawani, the Indian Express has reported. The Sawani report has recommended bans ranging from five years to life for the four players on multiple accounts, including "match-fixing" and "seeking or offering a bribe as a reward for match-fixing".

Siddharth Trivedi and Harmeet Singh have also been found guilty for failing to report "an approach by bookmakers" and "the knowledge of another player being approached" to the BCCI anti-corruption unit. The report has suggested 1-5 years bans for the two.

Sawani had prepared an interim inquiry report based on evidence submitted by the Delhi Police in early June. The final report adopts a tough tone and says that 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 has 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."

Five of the six players have been summoned by the board to present their case in a disciplinary committee meeting that takes place today in New Delhi. Chandila, who was released on bail on September 9, has not been summoned since Sawani hasn't yet had the opportunity to question him.

Since the disciplinary committee is a statutory body, it is not binding for it to forward its recommendations to the board's AGM later this month. If the committee feels some of the sanctions can be announced in New Delhi, it is free to do so.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

@Cyril_knight, This whole sham is delivered based on evidence given by Delhi police, which may or may not be considered as correct by the court(s). How can BCCI fly above that and say the players broke rules on evidence that may not even be permissible under Indian law? And its not even saying rules and regulations of the BCCI, a judgement has been made on the guilt of players by a non-judiciary body. Is that permissible?

@any law exerts around, How can the police pass on evidence and other material under court review to a private body? Is that even legal?

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Why ban these cricketers, what ever they had this is fine. They are talented players that is sure as only talented players plays cricket on higher level. Anybody can understand why these cricketer has to do achieve their goal I don't thing most of are not aware. When they start their career they had to play lots of money for selection in U-14 level to U-19 level and some has to sell their houses even, If you have talent and do not have money you cant play so long. Check the story Ram Babu pal Cricket player from UP he don't have money but very talented player committed suicide in the end. If we don't want fixing we had to correct our cricketing career from ground level.

Posted by rdr_1019 on (September 13, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

After reading this article and the verdicts, I am not very surprised that these were BCCI verdicts. Sure, they needed to punish Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan and Amit; but what was the logic behind punishing Trivedi and Harmeet? I agree that they should have came out first before the fire caught more fuel but if they punish and ban them now, it will only encourage the honest players to hide something like this next time. If you want to punish them for not coming out after very first approach, ban the, for a short period of time of make them pay a monetary fine but banning them for 5 years just isn't right. On the other hand, the four players found guilty for match-fixing should be permanently banned from the game and should also spend some time in jail. All in all, happy that the justice is done but little upset for the unfair verdicts for Harmeet and Trivedi.

Posted by disorientated on (September 13, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

It's a really sad day for cricket, I feel sorry for the Indian fans who have been watching IPL, it must make you wonder if what you have been watching was real! Do any of my Indian friends will consider not watching it in future?

Posted by sharidas on (September 13, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Looking at "who was found guilty of what", I must say that any ban for Harmeet Singh cannot be justified. At most he can be put on an additional ACSU Education Programme.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Most importantly, what these scandals do is, every time you are watching a match, make you wonder if the it is already fixed !!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Any one found really guilty should be severely punished; no doubt about it.

If the courts find any/some/all of them guilty; I hope ... at least those who indulged in fixing should be put behind bars; for an adequate period. As Dravid said on one occasion, that alone will be a true deterrent; not "lectures" from ICC staff (It has already been proved).

Those Administrators, Franchises' Members and Associates, who used "insider information for attempted personal gains" should be treated the same way Board Members of Corporates who use "insider information" for themselves and / or friends outside the Corporates are usually treated by law.

"Internal inquiry committee fixing" (who will punish that crime) is just not acceptable. Since they escape the legal net; that is where internal disciplinary processes should be strictly enforced.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

wat happened to Mr.Meiyyappan and our own Mr.Sreenivasan ?

Posted by arnav.c on (September 13, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

These guys were the easy prey and hence the BCCI is prompt in passing judgements ..However what about the powerfull administrators who were also accused ???

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

@Sandeep Verma on (September 13, 2013, 5:02 GMT). Sawani, somehow, reminds me of "Virus" of "from the film Three Idiots"?. Let me try to put myself in Sawani's shoes.

1. Trivedi & Harmeet are naughty boys; may not be criminals like others. These two boys didn't come to me and report, when they saw some suspicious movement in the campus.

2. I am the expert on this subject; not the courts! Experts & Profs should not be questioned!

Posted by bobmartin on (September 13, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

It's not often I praise the BCCI, but at least they have done something positive for a change. Let's hope it encourages them to do more of the same in respect of other aspects of the game.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

Sad day for young cricketers in India.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

They could have made more money if they would not have been grabbed , so i thing icc should take as soon as possible .

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

The men in power get of scott free, and the peons pay the price. Mr. Sawani you have blatantly swept the root causes under the carpet, thereby perpetuating the corruption ever present in Indian cricket. Another season or so, other incidents will come to light and will likely have the same results. Big money for the top echelons is the big winner, always, in the end. So sad.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

@Vnott - Seems like you have had a first hand look at the evidence. Care to enlighten the rest of us.

Posted by Vnott on (September 13, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

Sawani has said nothing new. He believes the cricketers are guilty. The evidence is sketchy and nothing appears concrete. We have definitely not heard the last on this.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

y ban on sid trivedi and singh...............its disgusting

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Interestingly enough... The court of India says that the case still isn't strong enough against these cricketers...but BCCI committee finds them guilty already!

ironically enough.. the BCCI committee finds Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj KUndra and N.Srinivasan not guilty of anything. Not tryign to protect the players here... but it's only them who always go punished and the administrator with big pockets end up smoking a cigar and looking out for their next business venture!

Now that is some justice!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

Ban them for life. Let this be a lesson to all those who aspire to be IPL cricketers. Firstly many Indian rookies think IPL as their career and not the test whites. Such lessons will bring sanctity to the game of t20 club cricket

Posted by claudyrayan on (September 13, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Players getting ban, board members are clean ! Even Rajanikanth can't save this dirty politics !!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

What about Srinivasan, or his son in law and his associates..! :-O

Posted by Sunman81 on (September 13, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

Banning a player for 1-5 years for not reporting an approach from a bookie is bit harsh...but such a measure will force players to report even a minor incident in future....

Posted by sramesh_74 on (September 13, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

What about Kundra and Gurunath????? When is the BCCI going to announce its verdict on these men???

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

This will destroy the career of young Harmeet Singh. But knowing BCCI, it will do whatever it can to portray that it has achieved a lot in its so called "Operation Clean Up" while letting the real perpetrators walk away scot free. It's a shame but then not really surprising coming from the BCCI.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Why is that only the players are punished ? What about owners of the team ? Like in case of RR and CSK ? there were allegations against them, but they just moved on... no body noticed a thing !

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Harmeet Singh...The UNLUCKIEST among all of them. After a great Under 19 world cup, he didn't deserved this....For Shame !

Posted by shahbazhussain on (September 13, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

Looks like a good move from BCCI! first time ever!

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