BCCI talks tough, life ban for guilty during IPL VII

ICC welcomes move to stage the cash-rich league in UAE

BCCI talks tough, life ban for guilty during IPL VII

BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla on Wednesday sounded a warning that the cricket board will have zero-tolerance towards match-fixing and anyone found guilty of indulging in malpractices during IPL-7 will be “banned for life”.

“The BCCI and IPL Governing Council are alert after spot-fixing allegations in previous edition of the IPL. Each and every game of seventh edition of IPL will be thoroughly monitored. Any complaint to Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) will be dealt with a lot of seriousness. If the charges are proved, guilty will be banned for life,” Shukla told mediapersons.  Meanwhile, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson welcomed the decision of the BCCI to stage the first leg matches of the seventh edition of the IPL matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“The BCCI’s decision to stage the first part of the IPL 2014 season in the UAE is great news for the people of the UAE and the region. It will complete a remarkable season of cricket in the UAE, which has already seen the successful staging of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers 2013 and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014,” said Richardson in a release.

“This news comes on the back of the on-field success of the UAE national team which has qualified for both the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and has the potential to propel cricket’s profile to new heights in the country,” he added.

Richardson said the ICC was ready to support the successful staging of the IPL 2014 matches in the UAE. “Recognising the importance of the integrity of the competition, the ICC will provide its full support for the matches in the UAE, including the provision of anti-corruption services. It will also be a good opportunity for both the BCCI and the ICC to share knowledge and experience as we both strive to deliver memorable events to cricket fans around the world.”

The first part of IPL from April 16 to 30 will be held in United Arab Emirates while Bangladesh is on stand-bye as an off-shore venue from May 1-12 provided union home ministry doesn't give go-ahead to BCCI on organizing matches during counting phase of the general elections. IPL will be back in India from May 13 to June 1.

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