COURT battles loom
TP Sudhindra, banned for life, says his family is strongly behind him and doesn't rule out legal recourse; other players' relatives say BCCI was in a hurry to deliver the verdict
The whole world may be against TP Sudhindra, banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, but his family is strongly behind the him. "My family is completely supporting me. I can't say anything more right now," the 28-year-old pacer from Bhopal told DNA.
The Deccan Chargers player is also exploring legal options. "I will take necessary steps once I get proper advice," he further said. Sudhindra, who was the highest wicket-taker with 40 scalps in the last Ranji season, allegedly bowled a pre-fixed no ball for Rs50,000 in a Twenty20 league match in Indore.
After the verdict was announced, the families of at least two other players — b
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anned for a year each — have decided to take legal recourse. The family members were of the opinion that "BCCI found no evidence of fixing" against three players, who have been banned for a year. "How can you hold a player guilty merely on the basis of 'loose talk and unsubstantiated bragging'?" questioned the relatives of these players. "We've been hearing that the exact number of players, on whom the sting was conducted, were more than five. So why was complete sting not shown to the public. Whether any underhand dealings took place or not is also something we want the court to decide," they said
The BCCI did not allow lawyers to represent the players and yet it said they failed to convince the inquiry committee. "Without an advocate, it was not possible for these players to represent their case correctly. Being not familiar with any legal proceedings, all these players just went there and presented their case in a very casual, normal way. It appeared the BCCI was in some kind of a hurry to deliver the verdict," said a relative.
However, before moving the court, the families want to appeal to the BCCI. "Hopefully, we will not have to go that far. Considering the careers and age of these players, the BCCI should let them off with a stern warning," they said.
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