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Don't deny Ankeet Chavan his dues

Former India seamer and Mumbai coach Balvinder Singh Sandhu reckons the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is being unfair by holding back Ankeet Chavan’s share of the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team’s prize money. The team was awarded R2 crore by the MCA.

Ankeet Chavan
Ankeet Chavan’s 2012-13 Ranji stats
Matches: 10, Overs: 299.5, Runs: 949, Wickets: 33,
Best: 9-23 vs Punjab

Chavan has been accused of spot fixing in the Indian Premier League and was in police custody until a few days ago. Sandhu’s argument is based on the fact that the spinner fared well for Mumbai before the controversial sixth edition of the IPL.

Good hand
“Ankeet Chavan performed excellently last season for Mumbai and played a crucial role with both bat and ball for Mumbai to qualify for the final and win the Ranji Trophy, much before IPL-6 started. Hence, to me, it is not fair to hold back his share of Ranji Trophy prize money and MCA’s bonus when he played for Mumbai wholeheartedly.

He should be paid what is due to him, even if his involvement is proved in the court of law and subsequent action is taken by BCCI and implemented by MCA,” wrote Sandhu on balvindersinghsandhu.com.

Balvinder Singh Sandhu
Balvinder Singh Sandhu

“His (Ankeet’s) family is standing by him, though as a former Mumbai cricketer, I am disappointed that a Mumbai player, if it’s true, got involved in the controversy of spot fixing and should be appropriately punished for bringing disrepute to the game.

But if the function was organised in April, after the Mumbai season got over, he would have been paid and praised for his performances. Supporting him morally is difficult but paying his dues is not. Hence, I request MCA to view his case in right perceptive and dispassionately,” added Sandhu. 

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