IPL spot-fixing: BCCI to decide on Ajit Chandila issue this week

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The Cricket Board’s three-member disciplinary panel
headed by president Shashank Manohar is to meet this
week to decide on the fate of cricketers Ajit Chandila
and Hiken Shah who have been alleged to have tried to
fix IPL games in 2013 and this year respectively.

According to a BCCI source, the panel, which is to meet
here on December 24, has the powers to impose
punishment, including life bans, on the cricketers
accused of trying to spot-fix IPL games.
Chandila was arrested by the police for trying to spot-
fix IPL games in 2013 along with his then Rajasthan
Royals teammates S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan
who both have been banned for life by the BCCI.

The BCCI is yet to decide on the quantum of
punishment to be awarded to Chandila who has been
suspended from the game since the scandal broke two
years ago.

The BCCI will also decide on the punishment to be
awarded to Mumbai Ranji Trophy cricketer Hiken Shah
for his alleged breach of the Board’s anti-corruption
code ahead of this year’s IPL.

“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,” BCCI had said in a
statement in July.

“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. Based on the
information, BCCI President, Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya
(now deceased), instructed ACU to conduct an
immediate enquiry into the matter,” the statement said.

“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 statement added.

Shah is also under suspension pending the final
decision by the disciplinary panel which also has
Jyotiraditya Scindia and Niranjan Shah as its members.
Meanwhile, the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy’s
Board is to meet one day earlier, on December 23, at
the Cricket Centre here to “decide on the structure of
the NCA and appoint batting and bowling coaches,” said
a Board source.
The NCA Board is headed by Niranjan Shah of
Saurashtra with former Test cricketers Dilip
Vengsarkar and Chetan Chauhan among its members.

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