The Supreme Court has asked the BCCI to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment given to Sreesanth.
Sreesanth life ban cancelled: In a huge relief for fast bowler S Sreesanth, the Supreme Court on Friday cancelled the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for spot-fixing in an IPL match in 2013.
A bench of the Supreme Court comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph asked the BCCI to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment given to Sreesanth. The bench also set three-month time frame for the BCCI to decided on quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth, who was part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise in the IPL.
The top court’s bench also said that the BCCI should give an opportunity to Sreesanth to be heard by the disciplinary committee of the board.
However, the Supreme Court 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 IPL spot-fixing case.
Expressing satisfaction over the favourable verdict by the Supreme Court, Sreesanth said he hopes to get back to playing cricket competitive cricket soon.
“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. I hope that at least now I can walk to a school cricket ground and train there without being told that I am not allowed. I just want to play whatever cricket I can,” Sreesanth, who has been a part of the 2007 World T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup winning squads, told PTI.
(With inputs from agencies)