Sreesanth thanks SC for setting aside BCCI's life ban


Sreesanth stated that he has been practicing cricket to remain fit.

The Supreme Court made it clear its order will not impact the criminal proceedings now pending against Sreesanth in the Delhi High Court.

In 2013, Sreesanth who was playing for IPL team Rajasthan Royals was accused of spot-fixing because of which the cricketer was banned from playing cricket in any format. Sreesanth challenged the order in court in 2013.

That information was extracted from a taped conversation between Jiju Janardhan, Sreesanth's close friend and team-mate at an Ernakulam club, and alleged bookie Chandresh Patel by Delhi Police on May 6, 2013, three days before the match.

We are super eager to see Sreesanth play for the pride of India. It's six years and I haven't played cricket, which was my life.I hope that the BCCI respects the verdict of the country's highest court and allows me to at least get back to the cricket field.

"It is a welcome move by the Supreme Court that they have instructed BCCI to have a re-look at Sreesanth's ban". The top court directed the cricket administrative body to reconsider the quantum of punishment to be given to the banned cricketer within three months. Later, the division bench of the high court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench's order.

In its judgement, the court concluded that BCCI had "not violated" any principles of natural justice while determining the sanction. "When range of ineligibility which is minimum five years, maximum life time ban is provided for, the discretion to which, either minimum or maximum or in between has to be exercised on relevant facts and circumstances". The apex court set aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India's (BCCI) disciplinary committee's order. 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.