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BCCI suspends Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah

Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 03:01 PM
Mumbai, July 13: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah with immediate effect on Monday after finding him guilty of breaching its Anti-Corruption Code.

The BCCI said Shah made a "corrupt" approach to one of his colleagues from first-class cricket, who plays in one of the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams.

Shah is a left-hand batsman and leg-break bowler who made his debut for Mumbai in domestic cricket in 2006 but has since struggled to be a regular member of the team. He has played 37 first class matches, scoring 2160 runs at an average of 42.35 with six centuries.

"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 BCCI said in a statement on Monday.

Shah is the second Mumbai player to have been suspended by the BCCI over corruption. All-rounder Ankeet Chavan was suspended for life for his involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal. Chavan played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) joint secretary P.V. Shetty termed Shah's suspension as "shocking and disappointing".

"It is a real shock for us. It is very disappointing to have another Mumbai player involved and found guilty. We never thought that another Mumbai player would get involved and be proven guilty. It is really shocking," Shetty told IANS on Monday.

The cricketer informed about the approach to his franchise team which reacted by informing the BCCI's Anti Corruption Unit (ACU). The ACU conducted an immediate inquiry into the matter and found Shah guilty.
Agency: IANS

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