Cricket is my religion, will request BCCI to reconsider decision: Chandila

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Faridabad, Jan.19 (ANI): Former Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, who was handed a life ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his role in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal from, on Tuesday, said that he is innocent and will write to the cricket board to reconsider their decision.

“I as well as my family am very disappointed with the decision. I am innocent. Cricket is like a religion to me. I never thought such a verdict will come and I will request the BCCI to think about me once,” he told the press conference.

“Nowadays parents want their kids to play in IPL more than playing for India. I am innocent. I will wait for sometime after appealing to BCCI and then I will see,” he added.

This was the first definite action taken against Chandila by the BCCI, since the Indian board suspended him in May 2013 following his arrest by Delhi Police for his alleged involvement in corruption in the IPL.

Chandila, who was granted bail in September 2014 by a Delhi Court, said that he was not planning to challenge the BCCI’s decision in the court.

“I am not planning to challenge the decision in the court. I want to request the BCCI to reconsider their decision. There is no one higher in between the court and the BCCI. The BCCI has different set of rules and the court has different set of rules. I am hopeful that the cricket board will consider my request,” he said.

The banned cricketer also said that there was no point in public display of disappointment,” Neither me nor my family can express their sorrow in public. I cannot just show my emotions in public. And there is no point of pleading before anyone.”

“Nowadays parents want their kid to play in IPL more than playing for India. I am innocent. I will wait for sometime after appealing to BCCI and then I will see,” he said.

Chandila was yesterday banned for life from all official cricketing activities for his role in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing case. Former Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah, who had been suspended by the BCCI in July 2015 for making an ‘illegal approach’ to a player, was handed a five-year ban.

A release from the BCCI said Chandila was “held guilty of misconduct and corruption”, having breached seven clauses of Article 2 of the BCCI’s anti-corruption code relating to corruption and betting. Shah, the release said, had breached three clauses of Article 2, all related to corruption.

The BCCI’s disciplinary committee had met in Mumbai on Monday, and pronounced the penalties against the two. (ANI)

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