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Top 5 Indian Cricketers Who Have Been Banned Due To Their Involvement In The Match-Fixing Allegation

Every cricketer faces many ups and downs in their career, and only some stronger people survive in this situation. While every player sacrifices many things to climb on the top position of the game, their all hard work gets destroyed once they have been involved in any corruption, or specifically in match-fixing.

There are some top international cricketers who have been banned after they have been alleged to be involved in the match-fixing or spot-fixing.

Here we are talking about the top five Indian cricketers who have been banned due to their involvement in the match-fixing allegation.

Ajay Sharma

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Ajay Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Ajay Sharma hadn’t much successful story for the team India as he played only Test and 31 ODIs where he scored 53 and 424 runs respectively and also managed to take 15 ODI wickets between 1988 and 1993. However, the right-handed batsman was one of the greatest Indian domestic cricketers who scored 10120 runs in 129 matches with an incredible average of 67.46. He smashed 38 centuries and 36 half-centuries in his first-class career.

In 2000, Sharma was handed life-ban from the game for his involvement in the match-fixing. He was found guilty of having associations with bookmakers. However, later in 2014, Sharma was cleared from all the match-fixing charges.

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Three Former Sri Lankan Cricketers Are Under Investigation By ICC For Match-Fixing

While the Sri Lankan cricket team is currently facing the transition period for quite a long time, the match-fixing controversies are continuously growing up in the country, which is hampering their cricket image and growth. Recently, the Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has claimed that at least three Sri Lankan cricketers are under investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for match-fixing. Later, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has clarified that all of them are not current national players.

Recently, Dullas Alahapperuma has revealed that the ICC is investigating against three Sri Lankan cricketers on the match-fixing allegations.

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He said according to PTI, “We are sorry to see that sports had fallen short of discipline and character.”

Later, the SLC has released a statement where the board has clarified about the fact of this investigation. While the board claimed that none of the current national players was involved in this investigation process, they also added that those three players were former Sri Lankan cricketers.

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The statement claimed, “SLC strongly believes that what the honourable minister actually mentioned was about an investigation launched by the ICC anti-corruption unit against three former Sri Lanka players and not the current national players.”

ICC anti-corruption unit has already charged against some former Sri Lankan cricketers

In some recent years, the match-fixing allegations have grown up against this 1996 Cricket World Cup-winning country. Earlier, the legendary cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya, former left-arm pacer Nuwan Zoysa, former left-handed batsman Avishka Gunawardene etc had been charged for breaching ICC anti-corruption code.

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

On the other hand, the 25-year-old Sri Lankan right-arm pacer Shehan Madushanka has recently been detained by the Sri Lankan police for possessing heroin. Soon, the SLC decided to suspend his contract. Alahapperuma feels disappointed with this incident.

He said, “it was sad and the country had placed high hopes on him.”

According to Alahapperuma, the government will soon focus on the decline of school-level cricket as they believe that the schools have now failed to produce talented players.

Shafiqullah Shafaq
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Shafiqullah Shafaq Faces Six-Year Ban For His Involvement In Match-Fixing

The 30-year-old Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has been handed a six-year ban from all forms of cricket by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). This decision has come after he accepted the match-fixing charges.

On last Sunday (10th May), the ACB announced the suspension decision of Shafiqullah Shafaq. His charges relate to the Afghanistan Premier League T20 (APL T20) 2018 and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019. He breached four articles of the Anti-Corruption Code which are related to match-fixing.

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Shafiqullah Shafaq (Image Credit: Twitter)

ACB’s Senior Anti-Corruption manager, Mr. Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said, “This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in APL T20 2018. The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his teammates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the BPL 2019.”

“It is an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB’s ACU. Our coverage is vaster than what is perceived.”

Shafaq breached the Anti-Corruption Code Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4.

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Shafiqullah Shafaq (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Article 2.1.1 states, ” Fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match, including (without limitation) by deliberately underperforming therein.”

The Article 2.1.3 relates to, “Seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other Reward to (a) fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match improperly…”

On the other hand, Article 2.1.4 says, “Attempting to solicit, induce, entice, persuade, encourage or intentionally facilitate a Participant to breach Article 2.1.”

According to Article 2.4.4, it claims, “Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by a Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under ACB Anti-Corruption Code.”

Since Afghanistan started its international cricket journey in 2009, Shafiqullah Shafaq becomes the first Afghanistan cricketer to face the charge for the involvement in fixing.

Shafiqullah Shafaq is holding the record of fastest double-century in first-class cricket

Shafaq made his international debut in September 2009, and he played 24 ODIs and 46 T20Is where the right-handed batsman scored 430 and 494 runs respectively. He played the last ODI on 27th August 2018 (against Ireland at Belfast) and the last T20I on 21st September 2019 (against Bangladesh at Chattogram).

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Shafiqullah Shafaq (Image Credit: Twitter)

On the other hand, Shafaq played eight first-class matches, 55 List A matches and 79 T20s. He is holding the record of fastest double-century in first-class cricket as he reached the 200 runs mark in just 89 balls and 103 minutes.

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BCCI Is Investigating Two International Cricketers For Match-Fixing

Once again Indian Cricket is surrounded by match-fixing news. In the last two days, three news has come of Match-fixing, two are of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) and Karnataka Premier League (KPL) and also an Indian women’s cricketer has reported to BCCI for match-fixing.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is probing two international cricketers in accuse of match-fixing in KPL.

Similarly, in TNPL, several cricketers were approached for match-fixing through Whatsapp messages and they were reported to BCCI.

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Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has already made a panel for the inquiry. This is now being taken seriously by the police as last month VB Chandrasekhar, an owner of the team in TNPL, committed suicide because of debts he faced in the league.

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ACU was also reported for match-fixing by an international woman cricketer who claimed that two men approached him ahead of India-England home series this year. An Inquiry has been set up for the same.

While the BCCI has kept two international players under investigation for KPL, a report says, one of them has played for India in limited-overs cricket and also regularly plays in Indian Premier League (IPL) and the other has played for the country in all three formats. It is said that last year also ACU investigated two teams of KPL and it is still going.

Ajit Singh, former DGP of Rajasthan and presently the chief of BCCI’s ACU, says that the team is in talks with TNCA

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As per reports in the Indian Express, BCCI’s ACU has strong evidence and a charge sheet will be filed soon

Match Fixing news has always been with the Indian Cricket. The first case came into lame light on 2000  and then in 2013 where BCCI investigated two IPL teams and they were suspended for the next two years.

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Indian Cricket Is Once Again Surrounded By Match-Fixing Cases

An Indian woman cricketer approached Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) of the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) for two men awarding her a big amount of money for match-fixing. This is the first incident in woman cricket. Following, the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), several players approached for the same and the inquiry has been started by the ACU.

An unknown woman cricketer alleged that two men approached her this year ahead of the India-England limited over series. The case has been taken up by the Central Crime Branch for the investigation.

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Ajit Singh Shekhawat, the former DGP of Rajasthan and who heads the BCCI’s ACU, confirmed the match-fixing incident to PTI.

“She is an India cricketer and also an international cricketer. So, the ICC conducted an inquiry into it. The ICC warned the person who made the approach and informed us and acknowledged that the cricketer has done the right thing by reporting the approach,” Shekhawat said.

According to police sources, Rakesh Bafna and Jithendra Kothari, the two men, in February this year contacted the woman cricketer in a city hotel.

TNPL is also under the scan for match-fixing

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On the other side, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s TNPL has come under the scanner of ACU as six to seven players were approached through Whats App for match-fixing.

“Some players have reported that they received WhatsApp messages from certain unknown people. We are trying to find out who those people are. We have recorded the statements of the players and we will try to track the senders of the messages,” Shekhawat said.

Shekhawat also said that they have also received similar reports of match-fixing from Karnataka Premier League (KPL).

A committee has been appointed by TNCA to investigate into the matter

“Having received information of acts that would constitute, if accurate, offences under the regulatory framework of the TNPL, the TNCA had appointed a committee to enquire into the issue and submit a report,” TNPL governing council chairman P S Raman said in a press release in Chennai.

The TNPL was also the talk of the town because VB Chandrasekhar, one of the team owner, attempted suicide on the day of the final match last month.

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Once again Indian cricket is surrounded by match-fixing cases. It started since the 2000 scandal involving the late South African captain Hansie Cronje. And in 2013, two IPL franchises were also investigated and banned for two years for match-fixing. Now such cases are being reported again to BCCI.

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BCCI Investigating Match-Fixing Allegation In TNPL

Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) has entered into the big controversy. The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is investigating the match-fixing allegation in this tournament.

According to the latest report in The Indian Express, the bookies and match-fixers have taken the control of a TNPL franchise after completing an illegal deal with the team owner. Now, they are managing that team for their benefit. The BCCI is also fearing that the bookies and match-fixers are now spreading in other teams.

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The Indian Express also added that an India player, an IPL regular and a Ranji Trophy coach are now under the investigation part on this matter.

ACU chief Ajeet Singh has claimed that some cricketers have recently informed them about an unknown message in WhatsApp. They are now investigating on the basis of those reports. However, till now, they haven’t talked with any TNPL franchise owners yet.

The ACU chief is confident that there is no international player involved in this matter.

Meanwhile, the report also added some crucial information from the ACU investigators. It claims that Gujarat and Kolkata-based bookies and a fixer have been touch with an owner of a TNPL team. The fixer was allegedly involved in the tainted  Rajputana Cricket League.

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According to the source report, the owner has got around INR 4 crore to provide the control of the team.

The alleged coach has also reportedly asked for INR 25 lakh and an SUV. In exchange for that, the coach has put big influence on the team’s scoreboard by giving instructions to the players.

The ACU is currently taking legal opinion on this matter. Soon, they are likely to file an FIR with the state police.

TNPL started in 2016

TNPL is a very popular Indian domestic T20 cricket league. Former Indian captain MS Dhoni inaugurated this tournament in 2016. The Indian international cricketers like Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay participate in this tournament.

TNPL 2019 was the fourth season of this tournament that ran from 19th July to 15th August. Chepauk Super Gillies won their second TNPL trophy after beating Dindigul Dragons in the final of TNPL 2019 by 12 runs.

Rishabh Pant (Credits: IPL)
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Watch: Fans Say DC-KKR Game Fixed After Rishabh Pant Mysteriously Predicts Boundary

Fans across social media are sensing a foul play after a very unusual and suspicious incident took place during last night’s game between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla.  In the fourth over of Knight Riders’ innings, Delhi wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant made a comment that is bound to raise quite a few eyebrows.

On the other fourth delivery of the over, Sandeep Lamichhane had dismissed Nikhil Naik. Robin Uthappa then came to the middle and was taking his stance when Pant was heard saying:

“Ye to waise bhi chauka hai (This is a boundary anyway).”

Interestingly, Uthappa hit that delivery for a four, making the fans sense the worst as many of them felt that the game was fixed. What further raised their suspicion was the way the game panned out before Delhi pulled off an impressive win over their fancied opponents.

The game ended in a tie after both the teams scored 185 in the allotted 20 overs each. Asked to bat first, Kolkata Knight Riders were reeling at 61 for 5 before Andre Russell and Karthik bailed them out of trouble.

Watch: Fans Say DC-KKR Game Fixed After Rishabh Pant Mysteriously Predicts Boundary 1
Andre Russell (Credits: BCCI)

Russell scored 62 off just 28 balls before falling to a short ball from Chris Morris. The West Indies star slammed 4 boundaries and 6 sixes during his whirlwind knock. Karthik also completed his fifty off 33 deliveries before being dismissed by Amit Mishra. Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav then hit some boundaries at the end to take the team to a competitive score of 185 for 8.

In reply, Delhi were on course to chase down the total when Prithvi Shaw departed in the 19th over after scoring a sublime 99. With 6 runs needed off the last over, Delhi were in the driver’s seat. However, they blew their advantage away and could manage only five while also losing two wickets.

Watch: Fans Say DC-KKR Game Fixed After Rishabh Pant Mysteriously Predicts Boundary 2
Prithvi Shaw (Credits – IPL)

But in the Super Over, Kagiso Rabada superbly defended 10 runs to power Delhi to a win. However, the fans were more busy in discussing about that incident involving Rishabh Pant in the fourth over when he correctly predicted the outcome of the next ball.

Here is a clip of that incident involving Rishabh Pant:

https://twitter.com/TeleshLalwani/status/1112103646219694080

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Mohammad Ashraful. Credits: Peter Della Penna/ESPN.
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Mohammad Ashraful Sets Eyes on Bangladesh’s Return

Mohammad Ashraful is still carrying hopes of making it back to Bangladesh’s squad. Ashraful was banned for a period of five years for his role in spot-fixing and match-fixing in the 2013 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League.

In fact, Ashraful’s ban is going to uplift on 13 August 2018. Therefore, Bangladesh right-handed batsman is eligible to play competitive cricket at the International arena. Ashraful can also play in the BPL.

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Mohammad Ashraful. Credits: Peter Della Penna/ESPN.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Ashraful was allowed to play in the domestic circuit of Bangladesh cricket last year. Therefore, Ashraful is happy to be making his comeback and said that he is waiting for this day for the last five years.

Ashraful said that playing again for his country will be his greatest achievement.

Ashraful eyes Bangladesh’s return.

“I have been waiting for August 13, 2018, for a long time now,” Ashraful told ESPNcricinfo. “It has been more than five years since the day I admitted my involvement. Although I have played domestic cricket in the last two seasons, there is now nothing preventing me from being eligible for national selection. Playing for Bangladesh again will be my greatest achievement.”

In fact, Mohammad Ashraful has made the most of his domestic season stint. The right-hander scored five List A centuries while playing in the Dhaka Premier League. Interestingly, Ashraful is the second batsman to achieve this feat in the List A tournament.

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Mohammad Ashraful, (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ashraful had a good domestic season.

Ashraful is hopeful that he can do better in the upcoming domestic seasons.

 “The first season after my return wasn’t great but I did well in the 2017-18 season. I hope to do even better in the coming seasons,” he said.

The right-handed batsman said that he is now available for selection. Furthermore, Ashraful confirmed that he has gone through a long training programmed to keep himself fit as a fiddle.

“Now I can be considered for selection through my performance. I have already gone through a month-long training programme and after August 15, I will go into pre-season training leading into the upcoming season’s National Cricket League.”

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India 2011 World Cup Winning Team Member Under Radar for Match Fixing Ties

In the wake of the recent ball-tampering scandal, another controversy is already on its way.

As per reports in Indian Express, a member of Indian ICC 2011 World Cup winning squad, is under scrutiny over alleged links with the match-fixing syndicates.

Reportedly, the syndicate organised a domestic T20 tournament in Jaipur last July.

The tournament, Rajputana Premier League (RPL), had first come under BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Security Unit (ACSU) last year. However, Rajasthan Police’s CID team is currently running the investigation process.

The RPL involved club cricketers and was telecasted live on Neo Sports, the former rights-holders of Indian cricket.

As reported in Indian Express, Rajasthan Police have found the mastermind of the organised cricket racket has links with the former international player who represented India in all three formats of the game.

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Reportedly, the former cricketer also visited the tournament that witnessed bizarre passages of play. For instance, sources said, a bowler conceded eight byes by bowling “blatant wides” in the final over of a tight contest. Subsequently, the BCCI requested Rajasthan Police to probe the league.

Meanwhile, police obtained information about former cricketers during the interrogation of the 14 persons. The police arrested them last July form four hotels in Jaipur for suspected betting and fixing activities linked to the RPL.

Police recovered cash, mobile phones, walkie-talkies, and laptops from them.

CID took over the case in November last year, while the 14 arrested are out on bail now. Such leagues reportedly make Rs 2-3 crores a week.

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We are currently probing links between private entities, those who are part of the cricket fraternity and officials. We will take action if there is evidence that links them to corruption,” Pankaj Kumar Singh, Additional DGP CID (Crime) said.

However, he refused the share the details of the possible involvement of an Indian cricketer in the racket. The police are banking on call records to unearth what could be a “high profile” case.

Meanwhile, the report also says spotter or a handler stood right outside the ground to execute the plan properly. The spotter reportedly tells players what the bookies want via the walkie-talkies that are used by the on-field umpires.

Further, here is the newsfeed:

Former India spinner Ramesh Powar to train spinners in Australia

Nasir Jamshed Challenges Corruption Charges Levied by Pakistan Cricket Board

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Anurag Thakur Proposes a Jail Term of 10 Years for Players Involved in Match-Fixing

Former BCCI Chief and a Member of Parliament of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Anurag Thakur has proposed a jail term of at least ten years for anyone involved in match-fixing. He also suggested a fine of five times the amount levied for this case.

“Any person found guilty of match-fixing shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than ten years and or with a fine which shall be five times the amount involved in the match-fixing,” the bill says.

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Sreesanth played 60 professional T20 fixtures in which he bagged 50 wickets at an average of 32.78. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The bill is expected to come in to effect in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament which also proposes to set up a regulatory body for all the sports federations with equivalent powers to that of the civil court to keep a measure on the frauds going on at a rapid pace at this current point in time.

“All sports federations would report to the proposed National Sports Ethics Commission in matters related to doping, match-fixing, fraud of age, sexual harassment of women and other unethical practices in sports,” Thakur said in the statement.

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Jagmohan Dalmiya with former BCCI president Anurag Thakur (Photo Source: Twitter)

As per the proposition of the bill, the commission must be constituted of six members including four retired judges of either the Supreme Court or the High Court. It further proposes all the decisions and appointments must be made only after consulting India’s Chief Justice.

There have been instances in the past when some of the players have been dragged into controversies due to the involvement of their teammates in match-fixing. The former BCCI Chief said it is a high time that match-fixing and other offences in sports must fall under criminal law. He further said the bill would ensure that there is no Indian law which brings match-fixing any specific criminal law. He said the bill would eventually help the players who have been wronged by others and will allow justice to prevail for them.

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