Hiken Shah Suspended By BCCI
Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah was suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was found guilty of breaching the BCCI’s Anti Corruption Code for participants. His involvement in any form of cricket, affiliated with the BCCI stands suspended till the time the disciplinary committee of BCCI passes appropriate orders.
Hiken Shah had played 32 Ranji Trophy matches for Mumbai, 4 for Jammu and Kashmir and 1 for West Zone. The BCCI said that the player made a corrupt approach to one of his colleagues from first-class cricket, who was also a member of one of the IPL teams. The approached player told the incident to his franchise team which followed the process of informing the incident to the Anti Corruption Unit of BCCI. Based, on the information, BCCI President, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya, instructed ACU to conduct an immediate enquiry into the matter. He also said that they would 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. After a detailed inquiry into the reported incident, the inquiry commissioner found Hiken Shah 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 The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur also said that this particular incident demonstrates that BCCI’s education policy against corruption is showing results, as he player approached was vigilant enough to report the matter to the ACU of the BCCI. He also added that, the fight against corruption is an ongoing battle and they would not leave any stone unturned. BCCI is committed to keep cricket corruption-free.
Sports which were earlier considered to be the means to unite people and spread the notion of team spirit has been defamed by the corruption. Today, sportsmen could allege into any kind of acts to earn money. It is so shameful on their side that in spite of getting so much money they get into disgraceful acts of match fixing. In India where cricket is treated like another religion and so many people have their feelings attached with the game feel very distressing when they come across such incidents. The players who play should respect the feelings of the people and play the game with true sportsman spirit.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) along with all other cricket boards of every country should come together and make some strict rules and regulations to curb this disease of corruption and remove it from its roots. This case of Hiken Shah will surely prove to be a great example for all other players who try to indulge in such kinds of activities. The sportsmen should understand that all these bring defame to our country. So, it is their duty to stay away from any type of corruption and play the game for pride and not for money.
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