The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has summoned former Rajasthan Royals off-spinner Ajit Chandila to appear before its disciplinary committee in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Chandila is among the players who have been found guilty of spot-fixing, according to the internal report of Ravi Sawani – the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit chief – but he is the only one who has not received a sanction yet.
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The reason for the delay is because Chandila was the last of the players to get bail in the IPL spot-fixing case and hence could not appear before Sawani. Also, though Chandila was out on bail since the second week of September, the BCCI’s disciplinary committee couldn’t fix a date for the off spinner to appear before it because the members of the committee were ‘busy’.
It is learnt that Sawani has recommended a ban between five years to life for Chandila as has been found guilty of violating multiple anti-corruption clauses. The disciplinary committee is likely to impose a life ban on Chandila.
“We have asked Chandila to appear before the disciplinary committee on Wednesday. Sawani has found him guilty and has advised strict action against him,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.
Sawani’s report indicated that Chandila had influenced other players to indulge in spot-fixing. He is also accused of passing vital team information to the bookies. Based on Sawani’s report, the BCCI’s disciplinary committee banned Rajasthan Royals players – S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan for life, and Siddharth Trivedi for 12 months. A former player Amit Singh was banned for five years
It is reliably learnt that a few BCCI officials will be meeting home ministry officials on Tuesday to ascertain the exact dates of the general elections. The Indian board is keen to conduct the second half of the IPL at home once the elections are over. “We will be getting exact dates by Tuesday so that we can fix the schedule,” a source said.