BCCI probe finds Rajasthan Royals trio guilty



Tainted Rajasthan Royals trio- S.Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila have been found guilty of spot-fixing, according to a BCCI probe led by Ravi Sawani.

According to a report by The Indian Express, Sawani has recommended bans ranging from five years to life for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing during IPL 2013.

The three players have been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. They were arrested by the Delhi Police after a midnight raid in Mumbai on May 16.

"There is no specific mitigating factors that would require any mercy while sanctioning the aforesaid guilty players. Sreesanth has played a number of international games and was part of the Indian national team which won the inaugural T20 World Cup, 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. He has received the ICC ACSU education programme on many occasions. In any case all the three players of Rajasthan Royals who are now being accused and found guilty by the under-signed received the ICC Education Programme just prior to the beginning of the IPL-6 season i.e. on April 5, 2013. The programme was delivered to the entire Rajasthan Royals team by Mr Arrie De Bear, regional security manager of the ICC ACSU," Sawani has said in the report.

Siddharth Trivedi and Harmeet Singh have been found guilty of failing to report the fact they were approached by bookies.

Sawani, who is also a former chief of International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption unit, was asked to investigate the alleged involvement of the three cricketers in conceding a pre-determined number of runs per over in exchange for money during the IPL.

The players are currently out on bail after serving time in the Tihar jail.

Ravi Sawani, a former CBI officer, had submitted his report to the Board during its Working Committee meeting in Kolkata last month.

Sawani's report will be scrutinised by Board vice-presidents Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah before coming up with a final verdict. He had interrogated both Sreesanth and Chavan but had not spoken to Chandila, who was released from custody earlier this week. All the three cricketers have maintained their innocence.

The disciplinary committee will present the findings at the BCCI annual general meeting slated for Sep 29.

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