Calcutta: Jagmohan Dalmiya, the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), hailed the Board’s disciplinary committee’s decision to punish corrupt players.
“It’s a victory for the game... From the very first day (after the IPL scandal broke out), I had called for a complete clean-up of the game and I have always maintained that... This is part of that exercise. I welcome the decision,” Dalmiya told reporters here.
“I am sure it will act as a deterrent and others will learn a lesson as well. It’s an exemplary punishment and those involved have been taught a lesson or two.”
Acting on BCCI’s ACSU chief Ravi Sawani’s report, the disciplinary committee on Friday slapped life bans on Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan.
The BCCI also banned Amit Singh, a former Rajasthan Royals player, for five years, while another Royals cricketer Siddharth Trivedi got a one-year suspension.
There was no decision on another accused Ajit Chandila, who recently got out on bail.
Asked about Chandila, Dalmiya said: “He was recently released on bail so could not be interrogated. His role is still being probed, and a decision will be taken soon.”
Friday’s meeting was chaired by Board president Narayanswamy Srinivasan, who said he was within his rights to preside over it. But Dalmiya refused to comment. “I’m not in a position to comment something about Srinivasan,” Dalmiya said.