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Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan get life ban for IPL fixing

New Delhi, Sep 14 (): The Indian cricket board has imposed a life ban on tainted cricketers medium pacer Sreesanth and spinner Ankeet Chavan in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League this year.

The board’s disciplinary committee meeting in Delhi on Friday also imposed a one-year ban on Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi and a five-year ban to Amit Singh in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The committee, which comprised Board vice-presidents Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah, imposed the sanctions on the players as per the recommendations of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani’s one-man probe panel. Ravi Sawani’s judgement was based on his analysis of proof provided by Delhi Police and his enquiry of the tainted players.

The board’s disciplinary committee meeting which was held at the ITC Maurya Hotel in New Delhi  under the chairmanship of its president, N. Srinivasan also warned Harmeet Singh, 20, who was part of India’s Under-19 World Cup winning team in 2012, as the BCCI had no evidence against him.

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement, “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.”

Sawani could not interrogate Ajit Chandila. His case will be taken up later as he was released from the jail this week.

Sreesanth tweeted “surprising”. “Been tracking the news channels… Me getting a life ban??!! Very surprising,” soon after his ban and the tweet was deleted soon after. He said, “A lot has been said and done in my name but all I want is to start playing for India again. Everyone appeared before the committee and I was the last to appear.”

The IPL spot-fixing broke out when Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila along with 11 bookies were arrested on May 16 during the IPL matches.

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