seeks BCCI nod
for training, eyes
Left top, ajit Chandila. Left, bottom, ankeet Chavan. right: Shantakumaran Sreesanth.
Shantakumaran Sreesanth celebrates after dismissing england’s captain andrew Strauss during the fourth Test at the oval, august 19, 2011.
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Ihope to seek permission from the BCCI to start using the training facilities soon, so that I can get fit and get into the selec- tion process: Shantakumaran
I request the BCCI to give me a chance to
prove myself: Ajit Chandila
I lost two crucial years of my cricket. I can
do something after this order: Ankeet Chavan
It was a contrast of emotions as Additional
Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna pronounced the verdict on all the 36 accused
including former India Test cricketer
Shantakumaran Sreesanth, and his
Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila
and Ankeet Chavan, at the Patiala House
Court in New Delhi, Saturday, July 25.
When Judge Bansal declared: “All are discharged from the case,” with a smile on her
face, Sreesanth at the other end, could not
control his emotions and broke down into
Chandila and Chavan were seen hugging
their peers, with a sense of relief that the
nightmare is finally over for them.
The three cricketers were arrested by the
Delhi police in May 2013 during the sixth
edition of the IPL for their alleged role in
Subsequently, the Board of Control for
Cricket in India in September 2013 had
banned Sreesanth and Chavan for life for
their alleged role in the scandal, while
Chandila was yet to be punished.
BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi
Sawani, who probed the spot-fixing scandal
and submitted his report, found Sreesanth,
Chavan and Chandila guilty on multiple
Sreesanth was seen carrying a small t-shirt
of his baby girl, which he termed as ‘lucky’ for
“My daughter has been a lucky charm for
me,” said Sreesanth, reacting to the order.
“I am relieved and I am grateful to all those
who prayed for me. I hope to seek permission
from the BCCI to start using the training
facilities soon, so that I can get fit and get
into the selection process. God has been
“The BCCI has been very supportive all
through,” Sreesanth said. “T C Mathew Sir
had told me that you finish this and we will
take it from there. The worst that can happen
to a cricketer is stay behind the National
Stadium and not be able to use it. I went
through a lot of things, but it is past now. I
would love to be able to run there.”
Ajit Chandila said the court order has given
him a fresh lease of life and he will get back
into action with renewed vigour.
“I never thought I would ever face such a
horrible nightmare. I am glad all this is over.
I was waiting for this day and had full hope in
the Indian judiciary.”
“I had hoped that one day will come when
the entire nation will see that I have not done
anything wrong and will be acquitted. Now
you will see the same Ajit Chandila with dou-
ble motivation and power and I will show you
how I used to play my cricket.”
“I request the BCCI to give me a chance to
prove myself,” he added.
The Delhi police had named 42 accused in
the case in its chargesheet, of whom six
including fugitive gangsters Dawood
Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel are absconding.
The Delhi police investigation had earlier
come under the scanner of the court which
questioned its theory of ‘match-fixing’, saying
there is prima facie no evidence showing that
matches were fixed by the accused.
During the arguments on framing of
charges in the case, the police had referred to
telephonic conversations among the accused
to buttress their claim that they were
involved in match-fixing and betting.
“I was nervous, but at the same time confi-
dent that the result would be in my favour,”
Mumbai left-arm spinner Chavan said. “I
had lost two crucial years of my cricket. I can
do something after this order.”
After being cleared of all charges in the IPL
spot-fixing scandal, Shantakumaran Sreesanth,
Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan hope to get
the BCCI’s nod to return to action soon.
Manu Shankar/India Abroad reports.