New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) The Indian cricket board Friday came down heavily on the tainted cricketers, slapping life bans on fast bowler S. Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammate Ankeet Chavan for spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League-6 (IPL-6). A decision on Royals spinner Ajit Chandila will be taken in a few days.
The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) disciplinary committee also banned cricketer-turned-bookie Amit Singh for five years and gave his Royals teammate Siddharth Trivedi a one-year sentence for not reporting that he was approached by bookies.
Harmeet Singh, 20, who was part of India's Under-19 World Cup winning team in 2012, was let-off with a warning since the BCCI had no evidence against him. Harmeet had a similar charge against him as Trivedi but was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The disciplinary committee met here under the chairmanship of its president, N. Srinivasan and deliberated on the findings of anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani for more than three hours. The other two members of the committee are BCCI vice presidents Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah.
All the cricketers except Chandila, who was released from jail earlier this week, were presented at the hearing. The committee's decision is binding.
"After considering the evidence on record and hearing each of the players in person, the disciplinary committee has passed the following order. Amit Singh is banned for a period of five years from playing any representative cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
"Trivedi is banned for a period of one year from playing any representative cricket or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.
"Chavan is banned for life from playing any representative cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.
"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," the statement said.
"The case against Harmeet Singh has been closed in the absence of evidence against him."
Since Chandila was released from jail this week, Sawani couldn't interrogate him and his case will be taken up later.
"Sawani couldn't interrogate Chandila so his case will be taken up in a while," BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah told IANS.
Jaitley said that the decision of the committee was binding.
"The evidence was different against each of the accused. The decision of the disciplinary committee is binding. Since the decision is about the players, it need not be ratified by the annual general meeting or any other body," Jaitley said.
Sawani, a former CBI officer, recommended the bans in his report submitted to the board last month. Sawani, also a former International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption unit chief, was asked to investigate the alleged involvement of Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila in conceding a pre-determined number of runs per over in exchange for money during the IPL's sixth edition.