If found guilty, BCCI to ask ICC to erase Sreesanth records
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If India pacer S Sreesanth is found guilty in the IPL spot-fixing case, it is learnt that the BCCI will not just ban him for life, but also suggest that the International Cricket Council (ICC) erase all his records from international cricket. The pacer may also have to return the World Cup 2011 and World T20 2007 medals, along with his man-of-the-match awards.
"Like in the Olympics, where the banned players have to return their medals if found guilty (of a wrongdoing, like doping), Sreesanth will have to return the medals he won while playing for India. It was also decided to erase his records from domestic and international cricket. BCCI president N Srinivasan agreed to this," said a source who attended the BCCI meeting in Chennai on Sunday.
Srinivasan had hinted that the board would come down hard on the three players if they were found guilty of spot-fixing. "If the players are found guilty, strict action will be taken. BCCI will not cover up for anybody. We will decide our further course of action after the internal inquiry report is submitted. We won't hesitate to act ruthlessly if the players are found guilty," he had said.
After the match-fixing scandal in 2000, the board had banned two international players, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma. The Andhra Pradesh high court had later set aside the ban on Azharuddin. This time though, the board wants to send out a strong message and also wants the ICC to set a precedent.
"The ICC also needs to step in, it's not the first time these things have happened. We have seen how former cricketers are now part of expert panels on various television news channels. As the records of international players are maintained by ICC, BCCI will ask it to erase the records of international players found guilty of fixing," said the source.
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