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Sreesanth: Supreme Court Revokes Life Ban Imposed on him by the BCCI

The Supreme Court has set aside the BCCI’s disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph said the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth.

The bench made it clear that Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment.

“I hope to get back to cricket training in another 10 days. I will prove that I am good enough to get a place in my State team,” he tells the media.

“Even during the ban, I had never stopped practising bowling. I am confident I can get back into top form soon. And, I am very fit now.”

Sreesanth said he could be playing the Scottish league next month.

“I have wanted to play in Scotland for the last three to four years, but was denied permission,” he said.

“I think a competition like the Scottish league would be an ideal comeback vehicle for me.”

He said he was delighted when the verdict was pronounced in his favour on Friday.

“I was confident about such a verdict,” he said. “I had total faith in our judiciary.”

Prior to the ban, Sreesanth had earned a reputation as one of the world’s more skilled pace bowlers, especially when it came to the seam position.

The 36-year-old cricketer had taken 87 wickets from 27 Tests and 73 wickets from 75 ODIs.

He had helped India post memorable Test wins in South Africa and the West Indies. He was also part of India’s World Cup-winning squad in 2011.

Sreesanth emerged as the first runner-up of Bigg Boss 12.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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