As the BCCI continues its investigation into corruption charges against five cricketers caught in a TV sting,early indications are that Madhya Pradesh fast bowler T P Sudhindra will be banned for life. The other four Shalabh Srivastav,Abhinav Bali,Amit Yadav and Mohnish Mishra might cop five-year bans.
Sudhindra,28,has taken 108 wickets in a 27-match first class career that began in 2005,and was the highest wicket taker in the last Ranji season. He played for Deccan Chargers in the ongoing edition of IPL.
The BCCI wants to send a strong message. Azharuddin was banned for life,and Sudhindra may have to face the same consequences. The others will also be punished. With such steps we can make it clear that we will not tolerate such nonsense, said a top BCCI official.
In the sting,Sudhindra was seen bargaining the price of a no ball he would bowl in a league game in Indore. If the allegation is proved,he will become the first Indian player to be found guilty of spot-fixing.
BCCI has asked retired CBI officer Ravi Sawani to make a preliminary inquiry. The findings will be forwarded to the disciplinary committee.