Good news for Sreesanth fans; Supreme Court lifts the ban from Cricketer

Ross Houston
March 17, 2019

Interestingly, the Kerala High Court had first lifted the BCCI's ban on Sreesanth in August 2017 but two months later, a division bench of the high court had restored the ban while hearing an appeal filed by the BCCI against the single-bench order. The apex court bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph, however, made it clear that its order shall have no effect on criminal proceedings pending against him. The apex court of the country has asked the BCCI to "reconsider" and "revisit" the length of any fresh ban, "preferably" within three months.

Sreesanth, along with Mumbai spinner Ankit Chavan and Haryana's Ajit Chandila, were suspended for life by a BCCI disciplinary committee in 2013, a decision that the player had challenged in court.

"I have heard about the Supreme Court order but we are yet to get the copy of the order". The issue of Sreesanth's ban might be discussed on the sidelines of the meeting as well. It should be also noted that the court rejected Sreesanth's request that he should not be punished by any means, as he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.

Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth from his friend's house while Chandila and Chavan had been picked up from the team hotel as the three were plying their trade for Rajasthan Royals in the T20 league. Sreesanth had earlier claimed in the top court that the life ban was "completely unfair" and the Delhi Police had "continuously tortured" him in custody to extract confession of his involvement in the case.

On May 15, 2018, BCCI opposed the plea by Sreesanth seeking a relaxation of the ban to allow him to play in county cricket in England.

Sreesanth's lawyer had countered the arguments and had told the court that no spot-fixing took place during the IPL match and allegations levelled against the cricketer were not substantiated by evidence.

Jan 30, 2019: The Supreme Court questions Sreesanth about why he didn't inform the BCCI that he was being approached for alleged spot-fixing in 2013.

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