I trust BCCI, will be back to cricket soon, says Sreesanth

Tanya Simon
March 17, 2019

"BCCI's disciplinary committee may reconsider quantum of punishment to be given to S Sreesanth within 3 months", the Supreme Court said.

On the point being that he is 36 years old and last played top-level cricket in 2013, Sreesanth felt that he can make a comeback to cricket easily.

The Supreme Court made it clear its order will not impact the criminal proceedings now pending against Sreesanth in the Delhi High Court. "We will definitely take up the issue at the CoA meeting", COA chief Vinod Rai said on Friday.

The CoA is scheduled to meet on March 18 to discuss the anti-doping policy of the BCCI with the International Cricket Council officials. 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. The apex court set aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India's (BCCI) disciplinary committee's order. I am confident that the issue will come up for serious deliberation at the next CoA meeting.

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".

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The case dates back to 2013, when the BCCI disciplinary committee had penalised several players including Sreesanth on the basis of an internal probe conducted by Ravi Sawani, then head of the board's anti-corruption unit.

"I am very happy for Sreesanth". I don't think even if the ban is lifted he can play first-class cricket.

Asked whether the matter has to be referred to the Ombudsman now, Nair said, "The SC order says that the BCCI have to reconsider the ban. He can be a coach, mentor, may be take up professional umpiring, play club cricket in England", Mathew said.

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.

Thereafter, in August past year, a single judge of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban and set aside all proceedings by the BCCI.

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