In what has come as a relief to former India fast bowler Sreesanth, the Supreme Court has "set aside" the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI for his alleged role in the 2013 IPL corruption and spot-fixing scandal. The Supreme Court also asked the cricket board to reconsider Sreesanth's punishment within the next three months. Sreesanth thanked SC for lifting the ban.
According to Live Law, the apex court has directed BCCI to decide the quantum of punishment within three months from Friday. "The punishment period has already been completed as I have been banned for nearly six years", said Sreesanth. "The Supreme Court has given me a lifeline and it has helped me restore my dignity", he said after the court delivered the verdict on Friday.
The top court added, "Sreesanth will get the opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of punishment". I am eagerly waiting for the next 90 days for BCCI's decision.
Including Sreesanth, 36 people were accused in the spot-fixing case, and were later discharged by a Patiala House court in July, 2015.
Sreesanth's lawyer had countered the arguments and had told the court that no spot-fixing took place during the IPL match and allegations levelled against the cricketer were not substantiated by evidence.
August 7, 2017: The Kerala High Court quashes the BCCI's decision to impose a life ban on Sreesanth.
The apex court also said that its verdict will have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police have challenged a trial court's order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case. The two-judge division bench had ruled that the BCCI ban could not be overturned or reduced.
Sreesanth then approached the Kerala High Court seeking that the ban on him be lifted. "I can't play club cricket in England at the moment as I have not played first-class cricket for six years now".