Sreesanth’s life-ban reduced to seven years
BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) reduced Indian cricketer Sreesanth’s life ban to seven years.
Sreesanth who made his debut for India on October 2005, was banned by the BCCI in August 2013 for indulging in alleged spot-fixing in IPL-6. BCCI banned also banned two Indian domestic cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan along with Sreesanth.
Sreesanth was found guilty by BCCI after the investigation. Later, Sreesanth challenged BCCI for imposing a life ban on him, in Kerala High Court. The 36-year-old then moved to the apex court.
On Tuesday, BCCI’s ombudsman Justice (retd.) DK Jain made an announcement that Sreesanth’s life ban reduced to seven years.
Sreesanth’s ban will end in September 2020. After the ban on August 2013, Sreesanth did not play any kind of cricket in which BCCI directly or indirectly associated.
BCCI official said that Sreesanth’s banning, “for a period of seven years with effect from 13.09.2013, i.e. the date from which, the period of a ban imposed by the Disciplinary Committee had commenced, will meet the ends of justice”.
On March 15, the Supreme Court asked BCCI to reconsider Sreesanth’s plea within three months.
Sreesanth thanked BCCI and Supreme Court
On Tuesday, Sreesanth thanked BCCI and Supreme Court for reducing his life ban. “God has been extremely kind, thank you very much for all the support. It was a struggling phase but I have ruled that phase. Thank you very much whoever supported me or did not support me. Thanks to the BCCI, thanks to the Supreme Court, and Ombudsman DK Jain, for giving me an opportunity from next year,” Sreesanth told reporters.
Sreesanth played 27 Test, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is for the Indian cricket team, till now. In Test cricket, Sreesanth’s most memorable performance was against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006. Sreesanth took 8 wickets in that Test match.
After the reduction of life ban, Sreesanth said that his aim is to take 100 Test wickets for India. Sreesanth is 36 years old now and it is interesting to see how he will make his comeback in international cricket.