NEW DELHI — The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) today made it clear that it was not having second thoughts on revoking the ban on former India pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila after a Delhi Court dropped all charges against them in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing case.
The three players were among thirty six accused who were discharged in the fixing case by Patiala House Court in New Delhi last week.
The Kerala Cricket Association had made a plea to the BCCI, Indian cricket's administrator, for allowing Indian test-team discard Sreesanth to play again but Thakur said there will be no rethink on the life ban of the two cricketers.
"The earlier decision of BCCI's disciplinary committee ban on this case will stay on," Thakur told reporters.
"Disciplinary proceedings are different, criminal proceedings are different. The action taken in the past were based on the disciplinary action for the indiscipline of these players, reports submitted by the the anti-corruption unit. So the same decision of ban will continue on these players," he added.
All the three accused cricketers had to spend time in jail during the course of investigation. Of the three, Sreesanth, who had survived a murder bid in Tihar Jail, and Chavan are currently serving life bans imposed by the BCCI after the scandal shook the high-profile league, while Chandila's hearing is still on.
The spot-fixing scandal had broken in 2013, when Sreesanth, who played 27 tests and 53 one-dayers for India, was accused along with Chandila and Chavan of being part of an elaborate plan in which bowlers deliberately gave away more than a specified number of runs per over in exchange for money from illegal bookies.