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31 year old Indian player suspended for 'corrupt approach'

Indian cricketer Hiken Shah has been suspended with immediate effect after he was found guilty of breaching the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Code.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India says Shah, who plays for Mumbai, made a "corrupt approach" to one of his colleagues in first-class cricket.

The colleague, a member of an Indian Premier League franchise, reported the incident and the Anti-Corruption Unit of the BCCI launched an inquiry.

The BCCI suspended Shah after the inquiry's commissioner found him guilty of "committing breach of Articles 2.1.1; 2.1.2; and 2.1.4 of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code for participants and recommended their provisions to the BCCI President."  

"BCCI has zero tolerance for corruption in the game of cricket," said BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya.

We have and we will take swift action against such incidents to set a precedent and control the menace of corruption in the game. While placing the player under suspension, I have referred the matter to the disciplinary committee of the BCCI to take further action against the player involved.

Honorary Secretary of the BCCI, Anurag Thakur, added: "This particular incident demonstrates that BCCI’s education policy against corruption is showing results, as the player approached was vigilant enough to report the matter to the ACU of the BCCI.

"Having said that, the fight against corruption is an ongoing battle and we will not leave any stone unturned. BCCI is committed to keep cricket corruption-free."  Shah, 31, has played 37 first-class matches for Mumbai, the most recent of which came late last year.

Source - CA

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