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May 30, 2013 at 02:43pm IST

How Ankeet Chavan left MCA red faced at awards ceremony

Mumbai: Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials were left red faced when the name of Ankeet Chavan, one of the three cricketers arrested recently for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, was read out as part of the awardees list during a ceremony at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.

Devendra Prabhudesai, who is also a BCCI media manager, read out the name of Chavan, who was part of the victorious Mumbai Ranji team at the awards night of the MCA.

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Prabhudesai termed the slip-up a "human error", adding the awardees list was prepared before the India-Australia Test series and therefore the latest IPL developments "went unnoticed".

Chavan played a vital role in Mumbai's Ranji Trophy triumph, picking up 33 wickets, but is currently suspended by the BCCI and in the judicial custody after his name cropped up in the IPL spot-fixing case, which means he is not eligible for any BCCI Award. "He [Chavan] is suspended by the BCCI and therefore there is no question of making any payment to him," Ravi Sawant, president of the MCA, said. "We have not issued a [winners'] cheque to him."

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The MCA had awarded the victorious Mumbai Ranji side with Rs 2 crore, which is over and above Rs 2 crore that they are entitled too by the BCCI.

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