IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly upset with S Sreesanth

Sourav Ganguly says guilty players must be banned for life © Getty Images

Kolkata: May 16, 2013

Former India captain, Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said the three cricketers accused of spot-fixing should be “banned” for life if found guilty.

Stunned by the spot-fixing scandal that has thrown the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) into a massive crisis, Ganguly said: “I am disappointed and angry at what has happened. If found guilty they should be banned for life.”

“This type of corruption is up to the player, no one can force you. The deed is done by the player, no one can force him,” Ganguly told a news channel.

Indian pacer S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested on Wednesday night by a special cell of the Delhi police on charges of spot-fixing.

Ganguly said it was a loss of talent for cricketer like Sreesanth who had played under him.

“I am very upset with Sreesanth. This is a complete loss of a talent. I am really feeling sorry for Rahul Dravid,” he said.

Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, currently at the helm of Cricket Association of Bengal, was relieved that nobody from the state was involved in the scandal.

“Thankfully, no cricketer from Bengal is involved in this. But it’s a shame that brings disrepute to the game. I will comment after reading the report. I know police is taking strict action against the errants,” Dalmiya told PTI.

Indian cricket team manager for ICC Champions Trophy, Ranjib Biswal said: “Sreesanth has always been a controversial character and strong action should be taken against the players if found guilty.”

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