‘Chandila was a good cricketer,liked by all at Kolkata club’

WHEN Ajit Chandila,one of the cricketers arrested for IPL spot fixing,came to Kolkata in 2006 to to play in the Cricket Association of Bengal second division league,he was just an unassuming 22-year-old who came to be liked by all at his club,Taltala Institute.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 19, 2013 3:13:48 am

WHEN Ajit Chandila,one of the cricketers arrested for IPL spot fixing,came to Kolkata in 2006 to to play in the Cricket Association of Bengal second division league,he was just an unassuming 22-year-old who came to be liked by all at his club,Taltala Institute. There was nothing to suggest the lanky off-spinner would take a route that would eventually land him in prison,a top official at the club said.

“Chandila was a very likeable character. He was a good cricketer and a team man and he was very serious about attending practice,” Chandila,Taltala treasurer Runu Ghosh said. “Never did we spot anything suspicious. He was young and always willing to learn. We used to pay him Rs 1,500 per match and he never demanded anything more. But now things must have changed and I partially blame IPL for that. People with very little connection with the game are running the show. There are provocations and young cricketers are falling into the trap. At the same time,it is down to the greed of an individual. Players with strong character will never transgress.”

Chandila’s captain at Taltala,Samir Ghosh,said,“He was an off-spinner who could bat as well. He was never tough to handle and was always ready to adjust as per the team’s requirement. We all liked him and wished him a good first-class career. I’m deeply hurt that he is allegedly involved in fixing. But then,anything can happen in today’s cricket.”

Bengal cricket boy to monitor outstation players

Hiring fringe outstation cricketers for important matches or tournaments is common in West Bengal,but now the Cricket Association of Bengal has decided to monitor every arrival. Second division clubs won’t be allowed to sign any while first division clubs can hire only three players from other states. “We have been taking measures but it is more important to educate players,especially young players,about the perils of falling into the trap. We have decided to hold seminars and classes for all age groups,starting from Under-16 to senior level. What has happened is very sad for the game and it will be our duty to be vigilant,” CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey said.

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