Life Bans For Sreesanth And Chavan

Shanthakumaran Sresanth (right) has been handed a life ban by the BCCI
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has handed Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan life bans after finding them guilty of spot-fixing charges.

The pair stood accused of engaging in corrupt activity during the Indian Premier League 2013, where they played for the Rajasthan Royals.

Following a meeting of the BCCI's Disciplinary Committee, Amit Singh, a former Rajasthan player, was also handed a five-year ban and Siddharth Trivedi was banned for one year.

Sreesanth, Chavan, Ajit Chandila as well as a number of bookmakers were arrested during the tournament.

In all, 39 people were charged with offences of cheating and conspiracy.

"Mr. S. Sreesanth is banned for life from playing any representative Cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates," a statement from the board confirmed.

Players involved in spot-fixing will attempt to fix elements of a match, for example by bowling no balls, allowing runs to be scored off their bowling or not scoring runs when opportunities present themselves.

In 2011, Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were all banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and handed custodial sentences in the United Kingdom for their part in spot-fixing during the previous summer's Test series.

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