Ajit Chandila banned for life, Hiken Shah suspended for five years



Haryana off-spinner Ajit Chandila was banned for life for being involved in 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. A five-year suspension was given to Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah for making a corrupt approach to a fellow player.

These decisions were taken at a meeting of the disciplinary committee, which is headed by BCCI president Shashank Manohar, on 18 January.

Off-spinner Chandila, 32, was found guilty of spot-fixing. He was with Rajasthan Royals then. He was given a tougher punishment for indulging in corruption—accepting bribes, fixing, underperforming, and trying to induce a fellow player.

“The BCCI strives to clean cricket and any kind of corruption will be dealt with severely,” said BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur.

On the other hand, batsman Shah was guilty of making a corrupt approach to a fellow Mumbai player. “He is banned for five years from playing/representing cricket in any form or be associated with the BCCI or its affiliates, he said.

Rauf’s hearing was scheduled on 18 January, but instead he sent a message saying “no fair enquiry was conducted in the case and hence a de novo enquiry be held”.

The panel rejected the request. “It gave him a final opportunity to submit his written statement if any by 9 February”. The date of the hearing is scheduled for 12 February, 2016.