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The BCCI ombudsman lowered Ajit Chandila’s life ban to seven years.

The BCCI ombudsman lowered Ajit Chandila's life ban to seven years.

Vineet Saran, the ombudsman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has reduced former Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila’s life ban from cricket to seven years.

Ajit Chandila and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates from the 2013 IPL, S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan, were given lifelong bans from cricket after being accused of match-fixing. This was the biggest controversy that had utterly shattered the sixth edition of the cash-rich league and wreaked havoc on the IPL’s operations as well.

BCCI orders reduction of Ajit Chandila’s life ban
According to the Indian Express, Vineet Saran detailed in his official ruling all the allegations and charges that were levelled against Chandila, as well as the proceedings he had to endure, and that the ban was being reduced.
The instruction stated, “The present matter stems from Case Crime No. 20/2013, dated May 9, 2013, registered with the Special Cell of the Delhi Police against the Applicant for alleged spot fixing in Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches.

The BCCI suspended the Applicant from all cricketing activities on May 17, 2013, pending an investigation. In addition to the criminal actions filed against the Applicant, the BCCI also initiated disciplinary proceedings against him.

Consequently, the Applicant’s Representation dated November 4, 2019 is granted, as is his request for parity with Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan. The lifetime ban imposed on him by the BCCI Disciplinary Committee on January 18, 2016 is reduced to seven (7) years effective January 18, 2016. ”
Importantly, the Kerala High Court lifted Sreesanth’s lifetime ban after the 2013 controversy back in 2017. In his ruling, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque noted that all of the claims against the player were based on circumstantial evidence and lacked solid proof. This decision allowed Sreesanth to return to competitive cricket by playing for Kerala in the Ranji Trophy.



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