Rajasthan Royals’ trio S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan face the prospect of life ban from the game for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal that hit the Indian domestic Twenty20 league.
The cricket board’s one-man inquiry committee appointed to conduct the internal probe has submitted his report. The BCCI's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) head, Ravi Sawani, who investigated the matter, has indicted the players for wrongdoing and recommended life bans for them in his report.
A top BCCI official, in Delhi to take part in the board’s emergent Working Committee meeting on Monday, confirmed this to HT. “Sawani in his report has recommended life bans for the trio but due procedures would be followed before they are handed the punishment,” the official said.
The trio was arrested on May 16 by the special cell of the Delhi police, who have subsequently charged them under the stringent MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) provisions meant to combat crime syndicates.
Sawani, a former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) joint director, submitted his report to the BCCI on Wednesday.
It will come up for discussion in the Working Committee meeting.
According to procedure, the BCCI disciplinary committee will give the players personal hearing before announcing its verdict. In the 2000 match-fixing scandal too, players were punished after an internal inquiry by the BCCI following a CBI probe report into corruption in the game.
The long wait
As the players are in judicial custody at the moment, personal hearings will have to wait until they secure release from the jail. Sreesanth and his two teammates were arrested in Mumbai soon after Royals had lost to hosts Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.
Sawani had also met the Delhi Police officials as part of his investigation.