Ankeet Chavan has requested the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to allow him return to competitive cricket. In his letter, Chavan said that his punishment has been reduced to seven years, which ended in September 2020, thus his life ban should be revoked and he should be allowed to play. He revealed that he has received an order from the Ombudsman of the MCA.
“I have pleadingly requested the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to help and support me like it has always done in the past and take my application forward. The Ombudsman, in his order a month back (May 3), said that my punishment be reduced to seven years which ended in September 2020,” Chavan told Cricbuzz, confirming receiving the Ombudsman order.
Chavan, along with S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, all representing Rajasthan Royals, were involved in the Spot Fixing scandal in 2013. Consequently, the BCCI slapped the trio with a life ban. However, after the intervention of the Supreme Court, Sreesanth’s ban was revoked. The right arm seamer then went on to play for Kerala and even signed up for the IPL auction earlier this year. Chavan revealed that he tried to contact the BCCI multiple times but hasn’t heard anything from the Board.
“I have written to the BCCI to have my ban revoked and attached the Ombudsman order too. But I have not heard from the BCCI and hence I have requested the MCA to intervene,” Chavan said.
An MCA official said that they are not sure how they can help Chavan if BCCI does not intervene. The issue will be discussed in MCA’s Apex Council meeting on June 11.
“We will discuss the matter but we will have to consult the legal department to see how we can help. The action was taken by the BCCI,” the MCA official said.
Chavan played 18 first-class, 20 List A and 13 IPL games before he was banned.
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