The honourable Supreme Court earlier today have asked the Disciplinary Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to review the life ban of cricketer Sreesanth. Meanwhile, the apex court has set aside the quantum of the punishment. They have asked the disciplinary committee to hear Sreesanth and deliver a decision on the quantum of punishment within three months. It will be massive news for the Kerala cricketer who has been fighting his lifetime ban for long now.

SC asks BCCI to review life ban

Senior Advocate Salman Khurshid, representing Sreesanth, had argued that there was no direct evidence to implicate the fat bowler. He also added that the evidence provided by the prosecution was only circumstantial evidence.  In this case, the allegation was that Sreesanth took money to give away 14 runs in an over, but only conceded 13 runs in that over. However, Khurshid argued that the alleged incident didn’t occur so circumstantial evidence will not be good enough to make out a case against Sreesanth.

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Meanwhile, BCCI imposed the ban on Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League. However, Patiala House Court have discharged all the 36 accused in this case in July 2015. Despite that, BCCI have denied to reverse its order against Sreesanth which they asserted that it was on the basis of evidence. In August last year, a single bench of the Kerala High Court have lifted the ban and set aside all the punishments by BCCI.

However, on appeal, a Division Bench of the High Court had restored the BCCI ban, leading to the current petition in Supreme Court. Interestingly, Sreesanth’s counsel had told the Court during the hearing that he is still loyal to the BCCI and would like to reconnect with the cricketing body if the ban is overturned.

Sreesanth, meanwhile, recently appeared on two TV reality shows in a bid to tell his story and changed people’s perception. He has time and again expressed his desire to play cricket again. The fast bowler has represented India in 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10T20Is picking 87, 75, and seven wickets respectively. He was also a part of the World Cup winning side in 2007 and 2011.