BCCI suspends Gujarat cricketer-turned-bookie Amit Singh
Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the suspension of Gujarat Ranji Trophy player-turned-bookie Amit Singh on Friday, after it was established that he had a hand in the latest spot fixing controversy in the Indian Premiere League (IPL).
In a statement issued here, BCCI Honorary Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said: ‘Mr. Amit Singh, a registered player with the Gujarat Cricket Association, who has also been arrested by the Delhi Police, has been suspended by the BCCI, pending inquiry.’
In the same statement, Jagdale said that the President, BCCI, has convened an Emergent Working Committee Meeting, at 11 a.m. on May 19 at the Park Sheraton, Chennai.
The Working Committee will discuss, among other things, the fallout of the spot-fixing controversy in the ongoing IPL, in which three players have been arrested by the Delhi Police.
The Working Committee may consider after deliberation, the imposition of a life ban on Test player S.Sreesanth and two Rajasthan Royal players -- Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila -- for their alleged role in spot-fixing three of Rajasthan Royals’ Indian Premier League matches this season.
With all three players pleading guilty to the spot fixing charge and being sent to five days police custody on Friday, the BCCI top brass will be keeping an eye on how investigations by the Delhi Police pan out.
There is unanimity among the office-bearers that Sreesanth should not be allowed to play any cricket at any level from now on.
‘As of now, Ravi Sawani, who is the head of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit, will carry out a parallel investigation and will submit a report to BCCI disciplinary committee headed by Arun Jaitley within 30 days,’ a senior BCCI office-bearer was quoted , as saying on Thursday.
There is a view that that the BCCI must walk the talk on ensuring zero tolerance on match or spot fixing.
As of now, the three players have been suspended by the BCCI, and if the charges are confirmed, it has promised the ‘strictest action’ against them.
The Board said it would cooperate with the Delhi Police during the course of investigation.