A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: TP Sudhindra becomes the third Indian cricketer to be banned for life

Sudhindra will never be allowed to take part in any cricket authorised or hosted by the BCCI or ICC

Taduri Prakash Sudhindra has become the third Indian cricketer to be banned from the game of cricket after being found guilty of match-fixing during the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sudhindra, who is from Andhra Pradesh, played for the Deccan Chargers in this year’s edition of the IPL, and also took 40 wickets, the most by any bowler, during last season’s Ranji Trophy competition.

The medium pace bowler now joins former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin and former ODI player Ajay Sharma as the third Indian cricketer to receive a life ban.

Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma were caught by the BCCI 12 years ago for engaging in match-fixing activities, which they were slapped with life bans for after a CBI probe found out that late South African captain Hansie Cronje, who was also banned for life for match-fixing, named Azharuddin as the player who introduced him to Indian bookmakers.

Two more Indian cricketers, Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar, were also found to be involved and received five-year bans, in what was dubbed as one of the biggest match-fixing scandals to hit Indian cricket.

During Sudhindra’s hearing, the BCCI three-member Disciplinary Committee, which was headed by President N Srinivasan, stated that the medium pacer was “guilty of actually receiving a consideration to spot-fix in a domestic cricket match, and hence imposed exemplary penalty on him.”

Releasing a statement after the hearing, the BCCI said: “Sudhindra has been debarred for life, from playing any cricket matches conducted or authorised by the ICC or BCCI, or any affiliated unit of the BCCI.”

Sudhindra was caught match-fixing in a sting operation launched by a TV channel during this year’s edition of the IPL, along with four other cricketers, Shalabh Srivastava, Mohnish Mishra, Abhinav Bali and Amit Yadav, who all received lighter bans.

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