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BCCI bans five players for spot fixing

June 30, 2012 - Mumbai

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has imposed a lifetime ban on cricketer TP Sudhindra for accepting money to bowl a no ball.

The cricketers were caught in a sting operation that exposed their nefarious dealings.

The Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI, comprising N. Srinivasan, Arun Jaitley and 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 Sawani's report and the pleadings by the players, the Disciplinary Committee decided the penalties.

"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," the BCCI said in a statement.

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.

Shalabh Srivastava was banned for five years and 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.

The BCCI also slapped one-year bans on three other players exposed by the sting operation. They are Mohnish Mishra, Amit Yadav and 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.

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

The ban is applicable to all forms of cricket.


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