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NEW DELHI---Banned Test player Shantakumaran
Sreesanth and two other prominent cricketers will
not face charges of spot-fixing due to a lack of evidence,
an Indian court ruled yesterday.
A New Delhi court hearing was considering charges
of organized crime against the three Indian players who
were alleged to have underperformed in exchange for
money from illegal bookmakers during the Indian Premier
League in 2013. The court said the police could not
present enough prima facie proof for the charges. Pace
bowler Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan,
who were jailed for almost a month in 2013, are banned
for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India over
the same accusations.
The BCCI said their bans remain.
"Any disciplinary proceeding or decision taken by
the BCCI is independent to any criminal proceeding
and has no bearing," the board said in a statement. "The
decisions of the BCCI, based on its independent dis-
ciplinary action, shall remain unaltered."
The 32-year-old Sreesanth, who broke down when
judge Neena Bansal Krishna announced that "all had
been discharged," said he held no grudge against anyone.
"I always believed in God and our judicial system,"
Sreesanth told reporters. "Cricket is my life and I m
hoping to be given access to cricket facilities so that I
can try and make a comeback to the game."
Sreesanth, who has played 27 tests, 53 one-day inter-
nationals and 10 T20 internationals, said it was the
"worst thing that could happen" to a cricketer.
"To see a cricket ground and not be able to practice
there was horrible. I went through a lot of things but
all that is the past now," said Sreesanth, who was part
of the squads that won the 2011 World Cup and the
2007 World T20 championship.
All 36 accused in the case, including several alleged
bookies, were discharged by the court.
The police had referred to telephone conversations
among the accused and also produced call detail records
to link the three players with alleged bookmakers but
the court ruled the evidence was not enough to bring
them to trial.
The prosecution had also sought more time to study
a report of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Rajendra
Lodha committee which earlier this month announced
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh---Bangladesh clinched its
first ever Test draw against South Africa yesterday
after rain washed out the final two days of the first
South Africa was 61-0 in its second innings on
Thursday, trailing by 17 runs at the end of day three,
but no further play was possible.
It was the first draw between the two countries,
after South Africa won all the previous eight tests ---
seven by an innings margin.
The second test is on Thursday in Dhaka.
Both teams claimed they had the advantage, if play
had been possible.
"Going into the fourth day I think we probably
had a slight advantage, certainly with Bangladesh
having to bat on the last day," South Africa captain
Hashim Amla said. "Had we even scored maybe even
250, it would have been a challenge for Bangladesh
to go for it on the last day."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said spin
could have given them an advantage with the pitch
deteriorating. "They were trailing by 17 runs. They
have to score runs at quick pace and, in doing so,
they would be in danger to lose some quick wickets,"
he said. "We ve got four genuine spinners in our team.
So we could have been in a dominating position."
He said the draw was a "psychological" boost for
his team. (AP)
Court says Sreesanth won't
face spot-fixing charges
Africa rained out,
Test ends in draw
out of the Patiala
House court in
New Delhi, India,
Sreesanth and two
will not face
charges of spot-
fixing due to a lack
of evidence, an
Indian court ruled
life bans on two IPL team franchise officials, but the
court did not agree.
This report said Chennai Super Kings team principal
Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner
Raj Kundra were banned for being in touch with book-
makers and for betting on IPL matches. Meiyappan is
the son-in-law of International Cricket Council chairman
Narainaswamy Srinivasan, whose company India
Cements owns the Chennai team. The Chennai and
Rajasthan teams have also been handed two-year sus-
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