Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, the fast bowler who played with the Rajasthan Royals in the most recent Indian Premier League, has been found guilty of spot fixing. His punishment is that he has received a life long ban from cricket. Sreesanth’s team mate, Ankeet Chavan, was also given a life long ban from the game.
The two Rajasthan Royals players were banned from cricket for life after the Board of Control for Cricket in India completed its investigation regarding the spot fixing that took place during the Indian Premier League. Ravi Sawani is the BCCI’s anti-corruption chief.
The BCCI issued a statement that noted: “Sreesanth and Chavan have been banned for life from playing any representative cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.
When Sreesanth and Chavan were arrested, they were arrested along with Ajit Chandila, the Rajasthan Royals off-spinner. The arrest took place in Mumbai in May, and Sreesant and Chavan were held until 11th June. On 9th September, Chandila was released on bail. At this time, a final decision has not yet been made regarding Chandila, pending further evidence.
Other players also received rulings on their involvement with the spot fixing that took place at this year’s Indian Premier League cricket tournament. Amit Singh was given a five year ban, and Siddarth Trivedi has been given a one year ban.
Trivedi only received a one year ban because he had not taken part in the spot fixing, however, he had failed to report to the authorities that he was approached by bookmakers to do so. Another player who may have been approached by bookmakers, Harmeet Singh, had the case against him closed because of the lack of evidence to support the charge. Singh is a 21-year-old spinner.