The lifetime cricket ban imposed on Ankeet Chavan has been lifted, and he can participate in professional cricket once again. Ankeet was informed of the BCCI’s (Board of Control for Cricket in India) decision to revise this ban to a seven-year ban by the Acting BCCI CEO Hemang Amin.
Ankeet, along with two others, had been accused of involvement in the 2013 IPL Spot-fixing scandal. S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, his teammates at Rajasthan Royals, were also implicated and banned. Ankeet, the 35-year-old left-arm spinner, last played professional cricket eight years ago, but this news could see him make a comeback before it is too late.
“The Learned Ombudsman has restricted the ban imposed on you from life ban to seven years, with effect from 13th September 2013. In view of the order dated 3rd May 2021, the ban imposed on you, therefore, ended on 13th September 2020,” the BCCI Acting CEO Hemang Amin wrote to Ankeet, reported Indian Express
Before the scandal rocked the IPL, Ankeet had played 13 IPL games for Rajasthan Royals between 2012 and 2013. The scandal threatened to taint the image of the IPL and was followed by several high-profile resignations. However, after a thorough investigation, Ankeet was cleared of all charges in the IPL Spot-fixing case by the Delhi court on 25th July 2015.
In May 2019, the Supreme Court of India ruled to set aside Sreenath’s “life ban” by the BCCI. The court urged BCCI to revisit and reconsider the lengths of any new bans. The BCCI’s ethics officer opted to reduce Ankeet Chavan’s Ban to seven years, which expired on 13th September 2020. He has since resumed cricket and is currently in the Kerala cricket team. He had enrolled his name in the IPL auction, but no franchise picked him.
This ruling in Sreenath’s case set a precedent for Ankeet Chavan to lobby the BCCI for a similar decision. He had even tried to involve the Mumbai Cricket Association, but they chose to stay off the issue. However, his efforts bore fruit with the May 3rd order from the BCCI’s ethics officer giving a new lease of life to Ankeet’s career.
Ankeet has expressed his relief at the decision and his anticipation to hit the ground once the restrictions are lifted. However, the former Mumbai left-spinner emphasized his readiness to resume play (be it in the Mumbai team or otherwise) and allow the process to take care of the rest.
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