spot-fixing: BCCI suspends five cricketers

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spot fixing rajiv shuklaMay 15 Mumbai: Five Indian cricketers caught in a sting operation by a news channel have been suspended from all forms of cricket until an inquiry into the matter is completed, Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Rajiv Shukla said today. The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has decided to immediately suspend five cricketers who have been linked to spot-fixing.

“The IPL Governing Council met on teleconference today at 2:30pm and they recommended to the BCCI President for strict action against those players who were found guilty and found suspicious on the television footage shown on India TV,” IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla told reporters here.

The strong action to suspend Mohnish Mishra, Shalabh Srivastava, T P Sudhindra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali was taken after a lengthy tele-conference of top BCCI officials and members of the IPL’s Governing Council.
Since the sting operation involved potential spot fixing in other games beyond the IPL, the matter was referred to the BCCI president, who decided to order an inquiry and created a committee to look into the matter.

The former chief of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit, Ravi Sawani, who is now with the Indian cricket board will head it and conduct the investigations. He is expected to submit his report in 15 days to a disciplinary committee.

Four of the five players suspended had played in the rebel Indian Cricket League.

Medium pacer Sudhindra, who had played for Delhi Giants in the ICL, helped Madhya Pradesh gain promotion to Ranji Trophy’s Elite Division in the 2010-11 season. He surprised everyone in his first season in the big league, ending the 2011-12 season as its highest wicket-taker and earning himself a contract with the Deccan Chargers in the IPL.

Madhya Pradesh middle-order batsman Mishra too played for Delhi Giants in the rebel Indian Cricket League before gaining amnesty form the BCCI. Signed by Deccan Chargers in , 28-year-old Mishra moved to the newly-formed Pune Warriors in 2011.

Uttar Pradesh left-arm seamer Srivastava was India’s highest wicket-taker at the victorious Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2000. After severing ties with ICL team Delhi Giants, Srivastava was signed up by Kings XI Punjab in 2011.

22-year-old Yadav, an all-rounder, bats right-handed and bowls off-spin for Goa. He has played 14 first-class matches, scoring three half centuries and taking 41 wickets at 23.75. Yadav is on Kings XI Punjab’s roster but hasn’t made his IPL debut yet.

Left-arm spinner Bali, who was with Delhi Giants in the , had played 13 first class matches and he is currently not in any IPL team.

The alleged spot-fixing scandal in the IPL had its echo in Lok Sabha on Tuesday with members seeking a high-level probe into match fixing charges and the way in which blackmoney was coming into play in it.

The matter was raised during Zero Hour by Samajwadi Party member Shailendra Kumar and supported by former cricketer Kirti Azad of the BJP.

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