All eyes are on S Sreesanth as the veteran pacer is gearing up to make his much-anticipated return to professional cricket after serving a seven year ban. The World Cup-winner will be eligible to play international and domestic cricket again after his ban ends in September this year.
In August last year, the BCCI cut short the life ban imposed on him for the IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013. BCCI ombudsman DK Jain ordered for S Sreesanth’s spot-fixing ban to be reduced to a seven-year suspension.
Jain’s order came after the Supreme Court had set aside S Sreesanth’s life ban in March asking the BCCI to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer, who already has served six years away from the game. S Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan received life ban by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee in September 2013.
Later, he was cleared of all charges by a Delhi trial court in 2015 due to insufficient evidence under the MCOCA act; a special law passed by the Maharashtra state government to tackle organised crime syndicates and terrorism. But the BCCI had remained firm on their stand since it was independent to any criminal proceeding and was based on its independent disciplinary action.
The costly affair:
In an exclusive chat with CricketAddictor, S Sreesanth revealed the amount he had to spend in order to come out clean of the entire mess. When asked to name the IPL team he would like to play for, S Sreesanth said that he would be happy to play for any team.
He further revealed that all the allegations against him were for INR 10 lakh. And in order to clear his name from the scandal, he had to spend more than 6-7 crore.
“I would love to play for any team which picks me and gives me an opportunity. The best way to say it is that my allegations and everything were for 10 Lakh rupees. I just wanna say, wo 10 lakh ke chakkar me (due to those 10 lakh), I had to spend a lot of money to get out. I have spent more than 6-7 crores,” S Sreesanth said.