“I don’t know what to tell these youngsters... once they come into the limelight, they indulge in wrongdoing. My advice to Sudhindra would be to go for a mercy appeal rather than fight in court,” Chauhan said over the telephone from Bhilai.
“The player knows his crime and if he has admitted his guilt, the best option would be to apply for mercy.”
Talking about Sudhindra’s family, Chauhan said: “He hails from a middle-class sports-loving family. His paternal uncles used to play the game with us and they inspired him to take up cricket.
“His grandmother (father’s mother) and mother are devastated by the news. The family was not aware of this controversy until Saturday when the news of his life ban broke.
“I met Sudhindra last when he was preparing for the IPL. We discussed his domestic performance. Yes, it is harsh when anyone is banned for life, but it is up to the BCCI. They may have valid reasons for it. The player has to live with it.”