Ankeet Chavan cleared by BCCI to return to professional cricket
Ankeet Chavan is an all-rounder who was infamously involved in the sot-foxing scandal during the 2013 Indian Premier League and was handed a life ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India before being reduced to a seven-year ban.
In what would come as a massive relief for former Indian disgraced all-rounder, Ankeet Chavan has been cleared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to return to professional cricket. The decision came on Tuesday evening, as the 35-year-old confirmed the same.
"The ban has been completely over as of September 2020. I am open for whatever (comes) my way. I am really looking forward to getting on the ground as soon as possible. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic and the rains, the grounds would probably be closed, but whichever opportunity I get to be back at the ground, I will be really eager for that," he told PTI.
Chavan was one of the players involved in the infamous spot-fixing scandal during the 2013 Indian Premier League. Along with S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, he was handed a life ban by the BCCI after being found guilty.
However, last year, Justice (Retd) DK Jain, the BCCI Ombudsman, had reduced his and Sreesanth's ban to seven years, which got over in September 2020. Although Sreesanth received his order even before his ban ended, Chavan had to wait until May 3 to get the same. As he looks to return to competitive cricket, he requested the BCCI through Mumbai Cricket Association to confirm the same via a letter last month.
The Mumbai-based all-rounder played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL between 2012-13, claiming eight wickets in 13 innings. He also played for Mumbai in the domestic circuit between 2007-13 and was prominently effective in the shortest and the longest format. It would now be interesting to see if he can play for Mumbai in the domestic season this year.
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