- S Sreesanth has petitioned to the Kerala High Court against the life ban imposed on him
- The Kerela High Court filed a petition with Board of Control for Cricket in India on the ban
- Sreesanth claims that a Delhi trial court acquitted him of the spot-fixing charges he was arrested for and that the life ban on him is unfair
The Kerela High Court filed a petition with Board of Control for Cricket in India against the life ban imposed on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth. Sreesanth had filed a plea with the high court to lift the ban imposed on him by the disciplinary committee of BCCI.
The 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting case came to light when Delhi police arrested S Sreesanth from his friend’s house and Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan from their team hotel. They represented Rajasthan Royals at the time, and the team had suspended their contracts. Chandila had tried to get other players involved in the spot-fixing racket as well.
Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan and 23 others were charged under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act since they were acting under the guidance of underworld dons.
Several bookies were arrested and high-profile names mentioned in the case. Raj Kundra, who held shares in Rajasthan Royals confessed to betting and was suspended by the IPL governing body. Then BCCI president N. Srinivasan’s son Gurunath Meiyappan was charged with betting and cheating and was arrested. In 2014 the Supreme Court asked N Srinivasan to step down from the position of the BCCI president.
Initially, Sreesanth's father Shantakumaran Nair termed his son's arrest to be a conspiracy and blamed cricketers M. S. Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh for connecting his son with the scandal.
Later in 2015, a Delhi trial court had dismissed all charges levelled on Sreesanth. However, the BCCI refused to give him a ‘No Objection Certificate’ or lift the life ban.
Sreesanth said he was invited to play by Glenrothes Cricket Club franchise in a Premier League in Scotland to be held in the first week of April. But the only thing stopping him is the ban against which he has petitioned.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:01 PM IST