Sreesanth handed life ban
India fast bowler Shantha Sreesanth has been banned for life following his part in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing controversy.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the sanction against 30-year-old Sreesanth, and his Rajasthan Royals team-mate Ankeet Chavan, after its disciplinary committee held a hearing with the players in New Delhi on Friday.
Punishments were also meted out for bookie Amit Singh, who is banned from associating with the BCCI for five years, while Siddarth Trivedi was given a year's suspension for his failure to report an approach.
The case against Harmeet Singh, who had also been charged with failing to report an approach, was dismissed due to an absence of evidence.
The IPL was rocked this year by revelations that the Rajasthan franchise - the inaugural winners of the competition - was at the centre of the spot-fixing controversy.
Sreesanth, Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by Mumbai police in May, following which BCCI president N Srinivasan stepped down from his role after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested for alleged betting.
No decision has yet been made about Chandila, the Royals off-spinner, as he was yet to meet with anti-corruption chief Ravi Sawani who has compiled an in-depth report into the matter.
The BCCI has said it will wait to decide on Chandila's fate following his hearing - which has been delayed after he was only released on bail on September 9. Sreesanth and Chavan were released on June 11.
"After considering the evidence on record and hearing each of the players in person, the Disciplinary Committee has passed the following order," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
"Mr Amit Singh is banned for a period of five years from playing any representative cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates
"Mr Siddarth Trivedi is banned for a period of one year from playing any representative cricket or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.
"Mr Ankeet Chavan is banned for life from playing any representative cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.
"Mr S Sreesanth is banned for life from playing any representative cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates."
The Indian Express reported that the BCCI, following Sawani's report, had found the players guilty of "match-fixing" and "seeking or offering a bribe as a reward for match-fixing".
Sreesanth played 27 Tests - the last against England at the Kia Oval in 2011 - while he was a part of India's successful World Cup squad two years ago.
Australia quick Mitchell Johnson, who plays for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, believes the sanctions will offer a strong deterrent against spot-fixing.
"It does send a message that if you do the wrong thing you're going to get punished," he said.
"Whether it's the right punishment, that's not for me to decide.
"I've no idea whether it is the tip of the iceberg. I've not seen anything over there, all I saw was when it was coming out, that's the only time I had any inkling."