Have written to BCCI to revoke my ban: Ankeet Chavan

Ankeet Chavan, one of the three players alongside Ajit Chandela and S Sreesanth from the Rajasthan Royals side to have been allegedly involved in a spot-fixing scandal, has now requested the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to have his life ban revoked and allow him to play the game again. 

Chavan, 35, wrote a letter to the MCA stating that the Ombudsman, in his order a month back (May 3) said that his punishment has been reduced to seven years which concluded in September 2020. 

"I have pleadingly requested the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to help and support me as it has always done in the past and take my application forward. The Ombudsman, in his order a month back (May 3), said that my punishment is reduced to seven years which ends in September 2020," Chavan told Cricbuzz. 

"I have written to the BCCI to have my ban revoked and attached the Ombudsman order too. But I have not heard from the BCCI and hence I have requested the MCA to intervene," Chavan said.

The MCA official said that the board will have a discussion on the matter. "We will discuss the matter but we will have to consult the legal department to see how we can help. The action was taken by the BCCI," he said.

Chavan played a total of 13 matches before getting banned.

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