The BCCI has lifted the lifetime ban on Ankeet Chavan & announced that he can resume playing Official Cricket. Ankeet Chavan was banned from playing Official Cricket due to his involvement in the 2013 Spot Fixing Scandal in the IPL.
In a statement to Ankeet Chavan, the BCCI’s acting CEO Hemang Amin informed him that his life ban has been reduced to seven years as per the court & the BCCI Ethics Officer’s directives. And on the basis of the BCCI Ethics Officer’s directives, his sentence got ended last September itself.
Ankeet Chavan responded to BCCI’s statement by saying that a big burden is laid off from his back & he is overwhelmed to get back to cricket. “I cannot say how much I am relieved. Can’t wait to be back in the ground. I thank the BCCI and the Mumbai Cricket Association for their help,” the former Mumbai left-arm spinner said.
“Once the restrictions are lifted, I will hit the ground and will play. Whether or not I can get back into the Mumbai team, I want to continue playing and I will do that. The process will take care of the rest.” Ankeet added.
Ankeet Chavan was sentenced to a lifetime ban from Official cricket in the year 2013 along with S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing. The courts later ordered that a lifetime ban is unsustainable. After receiving Supreme Court’s order, the BCCI ethics officer reduce Sreesanth’s ban to seven years.
After the reduction of Sreesanth’s ban tenure last year, Ankeet Chavan has been requesting the BCCI & the MCA to apply the same provisions in his case as well. Recently he wrote a letter to the MCA, who decided not to intervene in the matter. But on the basis of the May 3 order of the Ethics Officer, to reducing his punishment sentence to seven years, the BCCI Interim CEO announced his ruling to allow Chavan to play official and authorized cricket.
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