Corruption in the IPL September 13, 2013

Sreesanth gets life ban for IPL fixing

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Android 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:)

  • Manish 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"?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Dummy4 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 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...

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 7:29 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.