positions. “I am of the opinion that there is sufficient evidence available even at this stage to go ahead with the disciplinary proceedings against the four suspended players,” Sawani had said in June.
The final report adopts a tough tone and says that none of the players were naive to the propositions of manipulation.
“There is no specific mitigating factors that would require any mercy while sanctioning the aforesaid guilty players. Sreesanth has played a number of international games and was part of the Indian national team which won the inaugural T20 World Cup, 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. He has received the ICC ACSU education programme on many occasions. In any case all the three players of Rajasthan Royals who are now being accused and found guilty by the under-signed received the ICC Education Programme just prior to the beginning of the IPL-6 season i.e. on April 5, 2013. The programme was delivered to the entire Rajasthan Royals team by Mr Arrie De Bear, regional security manager of the ICC ACSU,” Sawani has said.
The pre-IPL programme educates all players about corruption in cricket, methods adopted by fixers in luring cricket players, types of bets that are placed in the illegal betting market in the subcontinent and elsewhere, crimes as per the code, the protocols and discipline required to be maintained during IPL tournaments and finally, what to do if approached by fixers or other undesirable elements.
“Obviously, the anti-corruption education given to the three players had no impact on the conduct. Therefore, the three players deserve no leniency whatsoever,” Sawani has said.