The former Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Ankeet Chavan has been permitted to participate in all forms of the game on Tuesday. He along with the other two cricketers namely S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila was suspended from all forms of the game in the wake up of the spot-fixing scandal during IPL 2013.
Ankeet Chavan was handed a life ban from the sport owing to his involvement in IPL spot-fixing scandal along with S. Sreesanth. However, the BCCI ombudsman and ethics officer, Justice (retired) DK Jain had reduced his sentence to seven years. The player had written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), requesting a confirmation letter, which would allow him to return to competitive cricket.
Recently, BCCI’s acting CEO Hemang Amin notified Ankeet that his life ban has been reduced to 7 years, meaning that his ban from the game came to an end in late September. The Mumbai spinner expressed his happiness over the news and felt grateful to the BCCI and Mumbai Cricket for giving him another chance.
“I cannot say how much I am relieved and can’t wait to be back in the ground. I thank the BCCI and the Mumbai Cricket Association for their help,” Chavan was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.
Ankeet expressed his desire to get back to the field once his restrictions get lifted.
“Once the restrictions are lifted, I will hit the ground and will play. Whether or not I can get back into the Mumbai team, I want to continue playing and I will do that. The process will take care of the rest,” he added.
Last year, the Supreme Court gave its verdict on Sreesanth’s ban from the game. The apex court reduced the ban to 7 years, which resulted in the pacer making a comeback for Kerala in domestic cricket.
He also registered himself in the 2021 IPL Auctions. However, unfortunately, he failed to find a buyer.