'Hail BCCI, for taking a positive decision'

The cricket world reacts to the banning of Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, Amit Singh and Siddharth Trivedi for their part in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 13, 2013

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Harmeet Singh celebrates after scoring the winning runs, India v Pakistan, quarter-final, ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012, Townsville, August 20, 2012
Harmeet Singh: "I am happy that BCCI listened to what I had to say. I have always maintained that I was innocent" © ICC/Getty
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"Been tracking the news channels… Me getting a life ban??!! Very surprising..."
Sreesanth reacts to his life ban on Twitter. The tweet was later deleted

"My stand has been vindicated. I am happy that BCCI listened to what I had to say. I have always maintained that I was innocent. Now I can play, otherwise my career was at stake."
Harmeet Singh speaks after being cleared of wrongdoing by the BCCI's disciplinary committee

"It's a victory for the game ... I am sure it will act as a deterrent and others will learn a lesson as well. It's an exemplary punishment and those involved have been taught a lesson or two."
Jagmohan Dalmiya, interim BCCI president

"If he [Sreesanth] has done it, I feel it's the right decision. I feel sorry for him [though], it's a sheer waste of talent."
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly

"Hail BCCI for taking positive decision against spot fixers - no room for sob sympathy for anyone who brings disrepute to cricket players/officials!!"
Former India spinner Bishan Bedi

"It's a sad day for Mumbai cricket. It's a pity that Ankeet Chavan has been found guilty. He was set to be picked for the India A team as he's a wicket-taking bowler."
Mumbai Cricket Association joint-secretary Nitin Dalal

"What a pity Sreesanth. Shows it isn't just talent or ability but the choices you make that matters."
Television commentator Harsha Bhogle

"Not the kind of end one would have wished for Sreesanth and Chavan as cricketers… Lot of talent blown away. Sad..."
Former India batsman WV Raman

"There was a lot of anxiety [in the family] all these days. I got a call from Harmeet's mother from Delhi... Now we are extremely happy."
Harmeet's grandmother Preetam Kaur expresses relief after news of her grandson being exonerated by the BCCI breaks

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Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

To Mr. Dalmiya It is not a victory for cricket Its just a sad day for a cricket fan and the game itself. No matter what the verdict, the game was always gonna be on the losing end. This single act won't change anything in the future, especially with the $$$ that's been thrown around in the IPL. All these Malliyas,Ambanis and SRKs are only there to endorse their investment or seek free publicity. If they really cared, why didn't/don't they invest in the domestic leagues as the Ranji and Duleep Trophy when they could spend $2M on retired player like Ricky Ponting? I am not against IPL, but I feel there is something terribly wrong with the game of cricket when firecrackers goes off in the sky, exotic young women dance to a raunchy dance number, thousands of people applaud frantically and the commentator ecstatic in joy says" What a great shot! Just wide of the third man for 4 runs" when a thick outside edge from a cut shot goes through for 4 runs in the 1st over of the 1st innings

Posted by sharidas on (September 14, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

It's obvious that BCCI jumped the gun and made the decision ahead of Delhi Police case against the players. Why have people forgotten Meiyappan's role and BCCI's juggling acts ? Those who are guilty deserve the punishment, it's only that the big fish go scot free. Unfortunate, but, then that is the state of affairs in current India...sad !

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

why sawani s report not made public on cricinfo.com.

Posted by glen1 on (September 13, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Watching Harmeet and the excellent U19 World Cup team was an amazing experience. Then came this IPL fixing wrinkle, and the scare that a promising spin career would be lost. It is great that he can play, but at the same time, a certain 'fear' has been put into youngsters' minds to stay away from trouble and use all their skills only in the real cricketing field.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Glad sreesanth was handed out life ban, he is supposed to be the role model for any budding cricketer from Kerala but he chose to chase filth.. Sreesanth might be surprised at the decision but no one from Kerala is...

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 13, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

And yet Bishan Bedi the BCCI can't honour its obligation to a 3 match series against SA.

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