Cracking the whip on domestic cricketers caught in the T20 spot-fixing scandal, the BCCI Saturday slapped a life ban on pacer TP Sudhindra and handed lighter punishments to four other players who were also exposed in a TV sting operation.
File photos of tainted cricketers, clockwise from top left, TP Sudhindra, Mohnish Mishra, Abhinav Bali, Shalabh Srivatsava and Amit Yadav who were suspended by from all forms of cricket by the BCCI. All the players are accused of spot fixing. PTI Photo
The decision to ban the players for varying degrees was taken by the BCCI's disciplinary committee, headed by president N Srinivasan, which met in Mumbai to discuss the report submitted by the Board's Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani on the matter.
While the 28-year-old Sudhindra was the worst hit as his career seems all but over, Shalabh Srivastava was banned for five years. Mohnish Mishra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali were banned for a year each.
"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. Sudhindra has been debarred for life, from playing any cricket matches conducted or authorised by the ICC or BCCI, or any affiliated unit of the BCCI," the board said in a statement.
Sudhindra will not be entitled to the monthly gratis, benevolent fund, benefit match or any other facility offered to players by the BCCI. He also cannot hold any position in any cricket association affiliated to the BCCI for life.
"Shalabh Srivastava 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 board stated.
"He has been debarred for a period of five years, from playing any cricket matches conducted or authorised by the ICC or BCCI, or any affiliated unit of the BCCI," it added.
Like Sudhindra, he will also not be entitled to the monthly gratis, benevolent fund, benefit matches or any other facility, during this period.