Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

CoA to discuss Sreesanth ban issue: Vinod Rai

CoA to discuss Sreesanth ban issue: Vinod Rai

Cricketer S Sreesanth expressed hope with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and stated that he will return to cricket soon.

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 Supreme Court Bench, which also included Justice KM Joseph, had on 1 March reserved its order on the appeal against the Karala High Court order affirming the life ban imposed by the BCCI.

Sreesanth said to the media, "It's a huge relief".

December 7, 2018: Sreesanth, in a statement before the Supreme Court bench, says that the life ban sentenced handed to him by the BCCI is "too harsh". I have been keeping myself fit and practising regularly. The issue of Sreesanth's ban might come up among the CoA on that day.

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The SC also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court's order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case.

The BCCI now has a new ombudsman in Justice (Retd ) D K Jain and amicus curiae PS Narsimha, it is expected that the decision will be fast-tracked.

The BCCI action followed the arrest of Sreesanth and the others by Delhi Police for alleged promises made to bookmakers during the 2013 IPL. The apex court observes that Sreesanth's conduct, who is facing a life ban for his alleged involvement in the sensational spot-fixing scandal, in the entire episode was "not good". The apex court, in its ruling, further said that the 35-year-old cricketer should be given an opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of the punishment.

Sreesanth was arrested by Delhi Police along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sreesanth then moved the top court challenging the Kerala High Court order upholding the lifetime ban on him.

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