Kerala HC lifts life ban on Sreesanth


Sreesanth had filed a plea in the High Courts stating that the BCCI ban is preventing him from playing even in the domestic matches.

The Kerala High Court on Monday has lifted the ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on cricketer S Sreesanth.

In 2013, during the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, Sreesanth was accused of being involved in the spot-fixing while playing for the Rajasthan Royals. He soon recieved a suspension form India's cricketing board, BCCI and was ergo arrested in May 2013. Even though Sreesanth was later cleared by the police, BCCI did not consider lifting the ban imposed on him.

All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were discharged in the IPL-6 spot-fixing case by Patiala House Court in July 2015.

It was the BCCI Disciplinary Committee headed by the present Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that slapped a life ban on Sreesanth. The Kerala High Court has now ordered the board to withdraw the ban.

While the 34-year-old's chances of making a return to worldwide cricket are grim, the Kerala speedster will have the chances of featuring in domestic Twenty20 leagues, including the IPL.

Sreesanth said after the verdict: "It is a really good news for me".

After the verdict, S. Sreesanth had approached the BCCI to remove the ban but his plea was turned down.

In his petition, Sreesanth argued that the BCCI panel which enquired into the matter had made its reports against him based on the information provided by Delhi Police. In reply, the BCCI wrote that it is very particular in ensuring that discipline is maintained and that there was nothing on record to change its earlier decision to ban the bowler from cricket for life. During his brief career, he has played in 27 Tests taking 87 wickets, and picked up 75 scalps from 53 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and seven wickets from 10 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).