BCCI likely to suspend Siddharth Trivedi for not reporting bookies' approach

Siddharth Trivedi has turned a prosecution witness in IPL 2013 spot-fixing case © Getty Iages

Mumbai: Jun 13, 2013

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to suspend Rajasthan Royals’ cricketer Siddharth Trivedi for not reporting the approach made by bookies to its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

According to The Indian Express, the cricketer will be issued a show cause notice by the BCCI and is likely to be suspended pending enquiry, which is headed by Ravi Sawani, a BCCI official said.

The BCCI was not aware that Trivedi was approached by bookies and this came into light only after he turned a prosecution witness against S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

The rule states that players are supposed to report to their respective boards or the anti-corruption units if any suspicious approach is made to them.

“Even though people tried to tempt me, I never even thought of spot-fixing,” Trivedi said after turning witness.
“The BCCI will issue a showcause notice to Trivedi and ban him until the pending inquiry is completed. He was approached by bookies and unknown people but he never informed IPL’s anti-corruption unit about it,” a top BCCI official stated.

According to PTI,  30-year-old Trivedi had refused to accept an invitation by Chandila, a player arrested on charges of spot-fixing, to attend a party arranged by bookies. He had also refused money and gifts offered by the bookies.

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