BCCI suspends 3 IPL players for spot-fixing

Shocked by the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players for alleged spot-fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), the BCCI said it will cooperate with the police in the investigation.

The board has suspended S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals colleagues Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan pending inquiry.

In a press release, the board said, "BCCI is shocked and saddened at the recent developments. The BCCI has zero tolerance to corruption. We will offer all cooperation to the Delhi police and all other authorities in their investigations in this matter. The IPL Governing Council has met and decided that the cricketers found involved will be dealt with severely."

"As of now, the three players viz; Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and S. Sreesanth stand suspended pending inquiry. All information required to bring the persons involved to book will be collected and strictest action will be taken, if found guilty.

"The BCCI engages the services of the anti-corruption wing of the ICC to educate and monitor players and support staff in prevention of corruption of any form in the game. In fact, it is wholly unfortunate that despite such education, best playing conditions and terms of engagement offered, some players seem to be indulging in such activity," the press release read.

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police arrested pacer S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals colleagues Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan today.

The three, along with seven bookies, have been arrested for spot-fixing of IPL matches. Sreesanth was arrested from his friend's place in Mumbai while the other two cricketers were arrested last night from the Trident hotel at Nariman Point for their alleged role in spot-fixing.

The arrests took place immediately after the players returned to their team hotel, following their match against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede stadium. The hosts won by 14 runs.

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