BCCI suspends Hiken Shah for breaching anti-corruption code2 min read . Updated: 13 Jul 2015, 02:19 PM IST
Shah allegedly approached his Ranji Trophy teammate, Praveen Tambe, who represents the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, to fix matches
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday suspended Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah with immediate effect for breaching its anti-corruption code. Shah allegedly approached his Ranji Trophy teammate, Praveen Tambe to fix matches. Tambe represents the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In a press release, the BCCI said, “He (Shah) was found guilty of breaching BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Code for participants. His involvement in any form of cricket, affiliated with the BCCI stands suspended till the time the disciplinary committee of the BCCI passes appropriate orders."
Shah’s alleged involvement first came to light in the build-up to this year’s IPL edition, when Tambe reported the matter to his franchise and BCCI’s anti-corruption unit (ACU), which has been investigating the matter since.
The release adds, “Hiken Shah made a corrupt approach to one of his colleagues from first-class cricket, who is also a member of one of the IPL teams. The approached player immediately informed the incident to his franchise team. The franchise team followed the process of informing the incident to the Anti Corruption Unit of the BCCI. Based on the information, BCCI president, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya, instructed ACU to conduct an immediate enquiry into the matter."
The BCCI statement adds that the inquiry commissioner investigating the incident found Shah guilty of “committing breach of Articles 2.1.1; 2.1.2; and 2.1.4 of the BCCI anti-corruption code for participants and recommended their provisions to the BCCI president".
The timing of Shah’s suspension is interesting. It comes a day before the justice R.M. Lodha committee is scheduled to announce its verdict on the IPL betting and spot-fixing case, which involved two IPL franchises and individuals like Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of former BCCI president N. Srinivasan.
“BCCI has zero tolerance for corruption in the game of cricket. We have and we will take swift action against such incidents to set a precedent and control the menace of corruption in the game. While placing the player under suspension, I have referred the matter to the disciplinary committee of the BCCI to take further action against the player involved," the release quoted Dalmiya as saying.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur added in the release, “This particular incident demonstrates that BCCI’s education policy against corruption is showing results, as the player approached was vigilant enough to report the matter to the ACU of the BCCI. Having said that, the fight against corruption is an ongoing battle and we will not leave any stone unturned. BCCI is committed to keep cricket corruption-free."
Shah, a left-handed batsman was one of Mumbai’s main batsmen till last season, where he lost form, and was subsequently dropped. In a career spanning eight years, Shah represented Mumbai 37 times in first-class cricket. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai in the 2006-07 season against Rajasthan. However, two years later, he left the state to pursue a stint with Plate team Jammu and Kashmir. Shah returned to Mumbai in the 2011-12 season and played an important role in the team’s title-run. The following year, Shah was Mumbai’s best batsman, tallying 773 runs for the season in 10 matches, with three hundreds and four fifties. Shah last played for Mumbai in December 2014 against Uttar Pradesh in Kanpur.