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Supreme Court abandons Life Ban On S Sreesanth, As BCCI Appeals To Review The Punishment

S Sreesanth will get a chance to be heard by BCCI’s disciplinary advisory group on the quantum of punishment.

The Supreme Court on Friday put aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) disciplinary committee’s order on the prohibition of quick bowler S Sreesanth for his supposed involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The court asked the cricket board to consider a punishment for the former India pacer in the following three months. Notwithstanding, the court dismissed Sreesanth’s request that he ought not to be punished at all since he was vindicated in the spot-fixing case.

The court said that brutal punishment of life ban ought not to be imposed in all cases and BCCI disciplinary advisory group did not consider alleviating conditions.

“It’s a tremendous alleviation. The court has given me a tremendous life saver and I am content with the open door given to me,” Sreesanth told NDTV after the decision.

“I am simply being hopeful and I plan to keep myself fit until September-October. Presently, I trust I can even play Ranji Trophy for Kerala this season which begins from September-October,” he included.

A bench containing Judges Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph clarified that Sreesanth will get the chance of being heard by the board of trustees on the quantum of the punishment.

In October 2017, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had reimposed the life ban on Sreesanth after a request from the BCCI. Prior, a solitary judge bench of the court had denied the ban and had requested BCCI to lift the ban.

In May 2013, Sreesanth, who was playing for Rajasthan Royals, and his colleagues Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were captured by Delhi Police for their supposed contribution in the spot-fixing debate that shook Indian cricket.

Every one of the three players were later restricted for life by bCCI. In 2015, Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were not found guilty after a Delhi trial court found that there was no proof to demonstrate that they had been engaged with any bad behavior and furthermore inadequate proof under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Sreesanth had additionally contended that inquiry team formed by BCCI had presented the last report without giving him a chance of hearing.