Mumbai, July 13: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah for making a "corrupt approach" to one of his colleagues, reportedly Rajasthan Royals' leg-spinner Pravin Tambe.
According to reports, Shah approached his Mumbai team-mate Tambe to "fix" matches at the start of this year's IPL. Tamble was quick to report this incident to the BCCI. After an inquiry the Indian cricket board has found Shah guilty. The 30-year-old Shah has played 37 first-class matches for Mumbai.
"BCCI would wish to inform that Mumbai Cricketer, Hiken Shah, has been suspended with immediate effect. He 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," the Indian cricket board said in a media statement on Monday.
"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," it added.
After a detailed inquiry into the reported incident, the inquiry commissioner 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."
BCCI president, Jagmohan Dalmiya said, "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."
Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary, said, "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."