TP Sudhindra third Indian cricketer to get life ban

TP Sudhindra was the highest wicket-taker in Ranji season last year AFP

Mumbai: Jul 1, 2012

Medium pacer T P Sudhindra, the highest wicket-taker in Ranji trophy last season, on Saturday earned the dubious distinction of becoming the third cricketer to be banned for life by the Indian Cricket Board for match-fixing.

The Andhra Pradesh-born cricketer, who played for the rebel Indian Cricket League before earning Board of Control for Cricket in India amnesty and representing Deccan Chargers in IPL 5, was the highest wicket taker (40 wickets) in Ranji Trophy last season playing for Madhya Pradesh.

However, he has now joined the ranks of former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin and former cricketer Ajay Sharma to get a life ban from the BCCI.

Azharuddin, now a Member of Parliament, and former Delhi batsman Sharma were held guilty of match-fixing 12 years ago by the BCCI based on CBI report that probed the scandal after the late South Africa skipper Hansie Cronje confessed to have fixed some international matches and named Azharuddin as the person to introduce him to Indian bookies.

Sharma was also handed out a life ban while Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar were also found guilty by the BCCI and handed out five-year ban in one of the biggest scandals to hit Indian cricket in 1999-2000. (PTI)