BCCI: Guilty Sreesanth banned for life

India

Former India fast bowler Sreesanth has been banned from the game for life by the BCCI, after being found guilty of match-fixing charges while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

Former India fast bowler Sreesanth has been banned from the game for life by the BCCI, after being found guilty of match-fixing charges while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

Sreesanth, who played 27 Tests and 53 ODIs for India, was one of four people found guilty. Bookmaker and player Ankeet Chavan was also banned for life, while Royals player Amit Singh was banned for five years, and Siddharth Trivedi got one year for failing to report being approached by bookies.

The BCCI said on their Twitter account: "Mr. S. Sreesanth is banned for life from playing any representative cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates."

The news was leaked earlier on Friday by the <i>Indian Express</i> newspaper, and they quoted a report by lead prosecutor Ravi Siwani, which read: "There is no specific mitigating factor that would require any mercy while sanctioning the aforesaid guilty players.

"Sreesanth has played a number of international games and was part of the Indian national team which won the inaugural T20 World Cup, 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. He has received the ICC ACSU education programme on many occasions.

"In any case all the three players of Rajasthan Royals who are now being accused and found guilty by the under-signed received the ICC Education Programme just prior to the beginning of the IPL-6 season i.e. on April 5, 2013.

"Obviously, the anti-corruption education given to the three players had no impact on the conduct. Therefore, the three players deserve no leniency whatsoever."

Latest