The Board of Control for Cricket in India suspended Mumbai Ranji cricketer Hiken Shah on Monday for making a "corrupt approach" to a fellow player during the IPL and referred the matter to its disciplinary committee for further action.
"BCCI would wish to inform that Mumbai cricketer, Hiken Shah, has been suspended with immediate effect. He was found guilty of breaching BCCI's Anti-Corruption Code for participants," the BCCI said in a statement issued by board secretary Anurag Thakur.
"His involvement in any form of cricket, affiliated with the BCCI stands suspended till the time the disciplinary committee of the BCCI passes appropriate orders," it added. Shah's long-term fate will now be decided by the committee.
The 30-year-old batsman, who is not part of any IPL team, has played 37 first-class matches for Mumbai and has 2,160 runs at an average of 42.35.
"Hiken Shah made a corrupt approach to one of his colleagues from first-class cricket, who is also a member of one of the IPL teams. The approached player immediately informed the incident to his franchise team. The franchise team followed the process of informing the incident to the Anti Corruption Unit of the BCCI," the BCCI stated.
A source said the player approached by Shah was Rajasthan Royals' Pravin Tambe, who promptly took the matter to the BCCI.
"Based on the information, BCCI president, Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya, instructed the ACU to conduct an immediate enquiry into the matter. After a detailed inquiry into the reported incident, the inquiry commissioner found Hiken Shah guilty of 'committing breach of Articles 2.1.1; 2.1.2; and 2.1.4 of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code for participants and recommended their provisions to the BCCI President'," the board stated.
Rajasthan is not alien to the threat of spot-fixing after former India paceman S Sreesanth and two other cricketers from the team were arrested in 2013 on suspicion of taking money to concede a fixed number of runs. Sreesanth, who denied any wrongdoing, was subsequently banned for life by the BCCI.
The move comes ahead of the Supreme Court-appointed justice Lodha committee's verdict that would announce the quantum of punishment for Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj Kundra and their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises vis-a-vis the spot fixing and betting scandal that rocked the Twenty20 tournament in 2013.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team official Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Kundra were found guilty of betting in the 2013 edition of the Twenty20 cricket tournament. Sources said that the verdict of the committee will be rendered on July 14.