Kathmandu, 15th Mar: The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on fast bowler S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The court asked the cricket board to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer within the next three months. However, the court rejected Sreesanth’s plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.
The court said that harsh punishment of life ban should not be imposed in all cases and BCCI disciplinary committee did not consider mitigating circumstances. “It’s a huge relief. The court has given me a huge lifeline and I am happy with the opportunity given to me,” Sreesanth told reporters. “I am just being optimistic and I hope to keep myself fit until September-October. Now, I believe I can even play Ranji Trophy for Kerala this season which starts from September-October,” he added.