Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Life ban on cricketer Sreesanth set aside by Supreme Court

Life ban on cricketer Sreesanth set aside by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the BCCI's disciplinary committee's order imposing a life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The apex court was headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and it asked the BCCI to reconsider its decision on the fast bowler. Moreover, it asked the world's richest cricket board to decide afresh on the point of the quantum of punishment given to him within 3 months as per reports in India Today. The 35-year-old cricketer will get an opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of the punishment, the court further ruled. The Supreme Court, however, has not upheld the findings of guilt made by the disciplinary committee against Sreesanth. I have been keeping myself fit and practising regularly.

The court, however, also rejected Sreesanth's plea to not be punished at all as he acquitted in the case by the court.


The bench of Justices Bhushan and K M Joseph had on February 28 reserved the judgment on his plea against the Kerala High Court's verdict that had reversed the decision of August 7, 2017 by a single judge bench which had lifted the life ban on the the cricketer.

In an earlier hearing, Sreesanth had told the court that he initially confessed to the Special Cell of Delhi Police about his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal to escape sustained and continuous police torture. However, in two months, the High Court allowed BCCI's appeal and restored the ban. All the three players were banned for life by BCCI.

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