The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been asked by the Kerala High Court to lift the life ban imposed on cricketer Sreesanth for his alleged part in a spot-fixing scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League in 2013. Justice A Muhamed Mustaque has in his order while asking for the ban to be retracted, also pushed aside all charges and proceedings which were initiated by the BCCI against the cricketer.
Cricketer Sreesanth, along with about 35 other accused, was let off by the Patiala House Court in 2015. Despite the court’s verdict, BCCI refused to cancel its disciplinary order against the cricketer. Sreesanth then countered the BCCI’s verdict in Kerala High Court which put aside the board’s initiations against him. The court has earlier demanded to know from the BCCi their stand on the issue. Despite the latest developments, the BCCI is still said to be mulling its options.
There is a strong possibility that the Cricket Board will in all probability appeal against the order. In fact, sources claim that they are now likely to head to the Supreme Court in order to appeal against the order issued by the Kerala High Court. Earlier this year the cricketer was also denied a No Objection Certificate by the Board to play in Scotland Cricket League.
A BCCI official stated, “The decision of the Sessions Court to acquit the petitioner from criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the BCCI to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organized by the BCCI and/or its affiliates.”
It is unlikely that the BCCI will now lift the ban on Sreesanth. He has already lost a good few cricketing years of playing at the highest level. His dream of playing for the national cricket team might still be a distant one. Due to the life ban, Sreesanth isn’t allowed to play in any of the league matches. He cannot even access any cricket ground for practice where the state cricket associations or the BCCI have a stake. The 34-year old has managed to stay in the limelight by turning to the entertainment industry (films and reality shows) even after falling from grace. For the sake of his talent, we hope a solution is reached soon. Indian team can make a place for one more talented bowler.