The BCCI’s disciplinary committee has handed bans of various lengths to the five Indian domestic players who were caught in a sting operation by India TV last month. The television footage purported to show the players either agreeing to engage in spot-fixing or negotiating for extra payment for playing in the IPL – something which is forbidden under the terms of their contracts.
The committee handed a life ban to Madhya Pradesh fast-bowler TP Sudhindra after finding him guilty of the most serious offence of engaging in spot-fixing, while Shahlabh Srivastava – a fast-bowler who plays for Uttar Pradesh and who had also represented India in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament last October – was handed a five-year ban for agreeing to, albeit not carrying out, match-fixing.
The three other players – Mohnish Mishra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali – were handed bans of one year apiece for bringing the game into disrepute by engaging in “unsubstantiated bragging”.
The BCCI had appointed the ICC’s former Head of the ACSU, Shri Ravi Sawani to make the preliminary report, which he then submitted to the committee which is made up of BCCI president N Srinivasan and vice-presidents Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah.
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