September 13, 2013

'Hail BCCI, for taking a positive decision'

ESPNcricinfo staff
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

"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