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TP Sudhindra banned for life for spot-fixing

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Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 16:11 [IST]
 
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Mumbai, Jun 30: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Saturday, imposed a life ban on TP Sudhindra, the Madhya Pradesh bowler for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in domestic competition as shown by a TV channel in a sting operation.

[Also read: 5 players suspended]

TP Sudhindra banned for life

BCCI's Disciplinary Committee announced the decision on Saturday. BCCI also imposed bans on Salabh Shrivastava, Amit Yadav, Mohnish Mishra and Abhinav Bali, who were also caught in the sting operation. Srivastava was handed a five-year ban while Yadav, Mishra and Bali will have to be without cricket for a period of one year.

A BCCI media release stated that Sudhindra was guilty of "receiving a consideration to spot-fix in a domestic match."

"The Committee held Sudhindra guilty of actually receiving a consideration to spot-fix in a domestic cricket match, and hence imposed exemplary penalty on him. Sudhindra has been debarred for life, from playing any cricket matches conducted or authorized by the ICC or BCCI, or any affiliated unit of the BCCI. He will not be entitled to the monthly gratis, benevolent fund, benefit match or any other facility, in lieu of. He cannot hold any position in any cricket association affiliated to the BCCI, for life," the BCCI release said.

A sting operation by a television channel had alleged that Srivastava, Mishra, Sudhindra, Yadav and Bali agreed to fix matches in IPL and also in domestic circuit.

The three-member BCCI's disciplinary committee, headed by its president N Srinivasan, met here on Saturday to discuss the report submitted by Ravi Sawani on the corruption allegations. All the five players were present to present their points of view before the panel whose other members are Board vice-presidents Arun Jaitely and Niranjan Shah.

Sudhindra, Mishra, Shrivastava, Yadav and Bali were banned by the BCCI on May 15, pending inquiry after a television sting operation claimed that they agreed to shadowy deals in the Indian Premier League and other matches.

Five uncapped Indian cricketers were alleged to have been caught indulging in corrupt practices, including spot-fixing, by a television channel which conducted a sting operation during this years IPL.

The BCCI, while suspending the concerned players, had also asked its Anti-Corruption Unit chief Sawani to conduct a probe in the matter.

Sawani has completed the probe and submitted his report to Srinivasan a few weeks back.

Here is what BCCI Media Release said on Saturday

Media Release

The Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI, comprising Mr. N. Srinivasan, Mr. Arun Jaitley and Mr. Niranjan Shah met at the Cricket Centre earlier today.

The Committee perused the report of Mr. Ravi Sawani, the Commisioner of Inquiry. The Committee also accorded a personal hearing to T. Sudhindra, Abhinav Bali and Mohnish Mishra. Shalabh Srivastava and Amit Yadav pleaded their respective cases through teleconference.

After considering Mr. Sawani's report and the pleadings by the players, the Disciplinary Committee decided the penalties as follows:

T. SUDHINDRA

The Committee held Sudhindra guilty of actually receiving a consideration to spot-fix in a domestic cricket match, and hence imposed exemplary penalty on him.

Sudhindra has been debarred for life, from playing any cricket matches conducted or authorized by the ICC or BCCI, or any affiliated unit of the BCCI.

He will not be entitled to the monthly gratis, benevolent fund, benefit match or any other facility, in lieu of.

He cannot hold any position in any cricket association affiliated to the BCCI, for life.

SHALABH SRIVASTAVA

Shalabh Srivastava was held guilty of agreeing to fix a match and negotiate terms for the same, even though no actual match-fixing or spot fixing took place.

He has been debarred for a period of five years, from playing any cricket matches conducted or authorized by the ICC or BCCI, or any affiliated unit of the BCCI.

He will not be entitled to the monthly gratis, benevolent fund, benefit matches or any other facility, during this period.

He cannot hold any position in any cricket association affiliated to the BCCI, for a period of five years.

MOHNISH MISHRA
AMIT YADAV
ABHINAV BALI

The three players, through loose talk and unsubstantiated bragging, brought the game into disrepute, and hence, have been held guilty of the lesser offence.

They have been debarred for a period of one year, from playing any cricket matches conducted or authorized by the ICC or BCCI, or any affiliated unit of the BCCI.

The penalties will be effective from the date of the suspension of the players - 15 May 2012.

Sanjay Jagdale
Hony. Secretary
BCCI

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