'Ban' of brothers: Cricketers who were banned for fixing

Updated: Nov 01, 2019, 14:30 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Eight years ago in 2011 on this day, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were sentenced to jail in a spot-fixing controversy

Hansie Cronje and Ajay Jadeja
Hansie Cronje and Ajay Jadeja

The late South African captain Hansie Cronje was one of the most renowned cricketers during the beginning of his career. however, his rise came to a close and witnessed a major fall from grace when he was involved in a match-fixing scandal. Pakistan trio Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt also witnessed a downhill ride in their careers after they were found guilty for spot-fixing. We take a look at those cricketers who were banned from the game due to fixing.

Hansie Cronje

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Hansie Cronje died in a plane crash. (Pic/ AFP)

The former South African captain received a life ban after being found guilty of match fixing and being rewarded by bookies for the same. A recording between him and Sanjay Chawla, a bettings syndicate representative, was recorded by the Delhi Police in 2000. Cronje passed away in 2002 in a plane crash.

S Sreesanth


Sreesanth is known to be one of the finest pacers India has produced

The Indian pacer received a life ban after he was guilty of giving away runs during an IPL match in 2013. He was arrested after he was guilty of underperforming in return for money from bookies. He was arrested by released on bail in a month. In July 2015, Sreesanth was acquitted in the case. IN 2016, the Kerala High Court restored Sreesanth's life ban. In August 2019, BCCI stated that the ban on Sreesanth will end in August 2020.

Ankeet Chavan

ankeet chavan
Ankeet Chavan was part of Rajasthan Royals. (Pic/ Atul Kamble)

In May 2013, Chavan was arrested for spot-fixing and giving away runs during the IPL 2013, a charge to which he confessed. Chavan stated that he made a mistake and greed got to him. He was released on temporary bail due to his marriage. In July 2015, Chavan was given a clean chit by the Delhi court in the IPL spot-fixing case.

Mohammad Azharuddin


Azharuddin is one of India's finest captains to have played the game. Pic/ mid-day archives

The former Indian captain was banned for life after he was found guilty to have connections with bookmakers as well as providing additional information to bookies. Apparently, he was also the one to introduce South Africa's Hansie Cronje to betting. His ban was lifted in 2006 by the BCCI.

Ajay Jadeja


Ajay Jadeja was a renowned cricketer of the 1990s

The former Indian cricketer received a 5-year ban on charges of match-fixing and association with bookies. However, the ban was overturned in 2003 and Jadeja was allowed to take part in cricket. Jadeja is currently a commentator of the sport.

Danish Kaneria

danish kaneria
Danish Kaneria. (Pic/ AFP)

The Pakistan cricketer was arrested in 2010 due to 'match irregularities'. In 2012, he was found guilty of spot-fixing by the England Cricket Board (ECB) and was banned for life which the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agreed upon. He appealed against the ban but was denied. in October 2018, Kaneria admitted to having a role in the 2009 fixing scandal.

Ajit Chandila

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Ajit Chandila played for Rajasthan Royals. (Pic/ Atul Kamble)

Chandila received a life ban from all cricket by BCCI on 18 January 2016 after being found guilty of spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League. He received a huge amount from bookies to spot-fix a match against Sunriser Hyderabad. In January 2016, BCCI sentenced Ajit Chandila to a life ban from cricket.

Saleem Malik

Saleem Malik was a fine bowler in Pakistan's team. (Pic/ AFP)

The former Pakistan cricketer was accused of bribery and is also the first cricketer to be sent to jail. He received a life ban and his career ended on a low. The ban was later overturned in 2008.

Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt

Asif, amir and butt
The Pakistan cricketers who were banned for fixing. (Pic/ AFP)

The Pakistan trio received a ban of 5 years, 7 years and 10 years respectively for forcibly bowling no-balls in 2010 during a match against England. They were sent to prison for accepting bribes and cheating. In August 2015, all three bans were lifted from the cricketers.

Lou Vincent

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Lou Vincent (Pic/ AFP)
The former New Zealand cricketer was banned for life in 2014 by ECB after being found guilty for match-fixing in domestic cricket for England. Vincent admitted to the charges against him.

Maurice Odumbe

Maurice Odumbe. (Pic/ AFP)
The Kenyan cricketer was banned for 5 years after he was guilty of receiving money from bookies. In 2009, he made his return to domestic cricket.

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    Ben Hollioake: Melbourne-born Hollioake died in a car crash in Perth at the age of 24 in 2002. He played two Tests and 20 one-day internationals for England, and was the younger brother of former England ODI captain Adam Hollioake. Pic/ AFP

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    Raman Lamba: The former India batsman was 38 when he died, three days after being hit on the head while fielding for Abahani against Mohammedan in a club match at Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1998. Lamba was not wearing a helmet when Mohammedan's Mehrab Hossain's shot struck him on the temple and rebounded to wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud. Raman walked off the field never to return to play his much-loved sport. Pic/ mid-day archives

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    Hansie Cronje: The former South African skipper died in a plane crash in 2002 at the age of 32. Cronje fell from grace in 2000 after his name got embroiled in a match-fixing scandal and he was subsequently banned from playing cricket for life. Cronje was killed after the flight he was onboard crashed into the Outeniqua Mountains northeast of George airport in South Africa. Pic/ Getty Images

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    Phil Hughes: The 25-year-old Australian died after battling for life for two days after he was hit on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Hughes, who was due to celebrate his 26th birthday, played 26 Tests and 25 ODIs for his country

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    Laurie Williams: A promising all-rounder who played 15 ODIs for West Indies between 1996 and 2001, Williams was killed when his car collided with a bus in Kingston, Jamaica. He was only 33 at the time of his death. Pic/ AFP

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    Runako Morton: The West Indies batsman (33) met with a tragic death in 2012 while returning home from a game in Trinidad. He rammed the vehicle into a pole and could not survive the impact of the collision. Pic/ AFP

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    Tom Maynard: One of Surrey's most promising batsmen, Maynard died at the age of 23 after being struck by a London Underground train in the early hours of June 18, 2012. An inquest revealed that he was high on drugs when the fatal accident took place. Pic/ Getty Images

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    Manjural Islam Rana: A slow left-arm orthodox bowler for Bangladesh, Rana played six Tests and 25 ODIs before he died in a road collision. Rana's motorcycle collided with a microbus before hitting an electrical pole on the side of the road. At 22 years and 316 days, he became the youngest Test cricketer to die in a road accident. Pic/ AFP

  • 9/11

    Malcolm Marshall: Considered one of the finest bowlers during his time, the West Indies cricketer died at age 41 due to colon cancer. Marshall weighed a little over 25 kg at the time. He played 81 Tests claiming 376 wickets (Pic/ mid-day archives)

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    Collie Smith: The West Indies all-rounder died in a car accident at the age of 26 in 1959. The mishap took place when he was travelling to London with his West Indian teammates Garry Sobers and Tom Dewdney to attend a charity match. Their car rammed into a cattle truck in Staffordshire and Smith slipped into a coma in hospital

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    A 25-year-old Indian first-class cricketer Sandeep Singh lost his life after a tractor ran over him in his hometown Mundal, in Haryana, in February 2014. Sandeep was in the reserves list of the Haryana team. Zulfiqar Bhatti, a 22-year-old club cricketer, died in December after he was on the chest while batting in a domestic T20 tournament in Sukkur, located in Pakistan's Sindh province. Also, Daren Randal, a South African club cricketer, was killed in October 2013 after he was hit on the side of his head while batting in a Border Cricket Board Premier League match at Alice in the Eastern Cape

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