Whalley professional Hiken Shah has been suspended from all forms of cricket by the BCCI after being found guilty of breaching the board’s anti-corruption code.
The 30-year-old is charged with making an illegal approach to a Mumbai team-mate, who also represents Rajasthan Royals, ahead of the eighth edition of the IPL in April.
“Hiken Shah made a corrupt approach to one of his colleagues from first class cricket, who is also a member of one of the IPL teams,” a statement from the BCCI read. “The approached player immediately informed the incident to his franchise team.
“The franchise team followed the process of informing the incident to the Anti Corruption Unit of the BCCI. Based on the information, BCCI President, Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya, instructed ACU to conduct an immediate enquiry into the matter.”
It went on: “After a detailed inquiry into the reported incident, the inquiry commissioner found Hiken Shah guilty of committing breach of Articles 2.1.1; 2.1.2; and 2.1.4 of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code for participants and recommended their provisions to the BCCI President.”
Shah’s actions, in relation to the aforementioned codes of conduct, opposes those that prohibit any player from “seeking to fix”, “offering any bribe or other rewards” or “improperly influencing” the course or outcome of a match.
“BCCI has zero tolerance for corruption in the game of cricket,” Dalmiya said. “We have and we will take swift action against such incidents to set a precedent and control the menace of corruption in the game. While placing the player under suspension, I have referred the matter to the disciplinary committee of the BCCI to take further action against the player involved.”
Shah, the second Mumbai cricketer to be found guilty of being involved in corrupt activities, following Ankeet Chavan who was banned for life for his role in spot-fixing in the 2013 scandal, has since pleaded his innocence.
Shah, who has accumulated 924 runs, with a high score of 129, and taken 20 wickets at Station Road this term, told ESPNcricinfo: “I am innocent. I have not done anything wrong. I am innocent and I will fight to prove it.”