Ajit Chandila’s life ban from cricket reduced to seven years

Indian National Team

The BCCI ombudsman, Vineet Saran, reduced Ajit Chandila’s life ban to seven years. Previously, the BCCI had imposed life bans on Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, and Chandila for their involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The authorities have lifted the life ban for all three players now. The decision came after the ombudsman’s review and reduction of the length of the ban.


The BCCI suspended Rajasthan and Chennai franchises for two seasons due to involvement in betting activities. In addition, the BCCI penalized three cricketers, namely S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, and Ajit Chandila, for their alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. However, the ombudsman has now reduced the length of the ban, leading to the lifting of the life ban on all three players.

In his report, BCCI ombudsman Saran wrote:

“The present matter arises out of Case Crime No 20/2013 dated 09.05.2013. The Applicant stands accused of spot-fixing in cricket matches of IPL, and a case has been registered against him with the Special Cell of Dell Police. Pending inquiry, BCCI suspended the Applicant from all cricketing activities on 17.05.2013. The BCCI initiated disciplinary proceedings against the Applicant in addition to the criminal proceedings. The Applicant’s Representation, dated 04.11.2019, was accepted. And his request for parity with Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan was granted. As a result, the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI Disciplinary Committee’s Order, dated 18.01.2016, has been reduced to a period of seven (7) years starting from 18.01.2016.”

Chandila’s ban period ended on January 18. He is now free to return to the field. The Kerala High Court lifted Sreesanth’s life ban in 2017. And then, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque stated in his verdict that the allegations against Sreesanth lacked solid proof. So, Sreesanth made a comeback and represented his state Kerala in the Ranji Trophy.

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