S Sreesanth Compares Himself To Leander Paes After Supreme Court Verdict

Heather Diaz
March 17, 2019

The Supreme Court on Friday revoked life ban on cricketer S Sreesanth and ordered the BCCI to reconsider his punishment for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).

September 2013: Sreesanth is handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in the spot-fixing case. The court asked the cricket board to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer within the next three months. Khurshid argued that Sreesanth should have been penalised with a five-year ban at the most for not reporting the approach made by bookies, an offence under the BCCI's code of conduct.

July 2015: Two days after the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee issued a two-year ban on IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, a Delhi court exonerates Sreesanth and 35 others-including Chavan and Chandila-in the spot-fixing case.

On the point being that he is 36 years old and last played top-level cricket in 2013, Sreesanth felt that he can make a comeback to cricket easily.

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BCCI acting president C K Khanna made it clear that it will be completely CoA's call as the onus is on it to implement the apex court's order. Sreesanth then moved the top court challenging the Kerala High Court order upholding the lifetime ban on him.

Interestingly, the Kerala High Court had first lifted the BCCI's ban on Sreesanth in August 2017 but two months later, a division bench of the high court had restored the ban while hearing an appeal filed by the BCCI against the single-bench order.

The apex court a year ago asked the Delhi High Court to decide expeditiously the appeal filed by the Delhi Police challenging a trial court order discharging several accused, including Sreesanth.

On May 15, 2018, BCCI opposed the plea by Sreesanth seeking a relaxation of the ban to allow him to play in county cricket in England. "As far as Sreesanth being brought back to mainstream cricket, I have no comment to make", Khanna said.

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