Sep 15, 2013
S Sreesanth had submitted a written appeal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Disciplinary Committee where he maintained his innocence over the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy. He said he considered cricket as his mother and questioned the board how can he as a son bring the game to disrepute? The fast bowler also requested the board to consider his case and give him an opportunity to be part of national and international cricket.
The Indian Express accessed the letter sent by Sreesanth to the BCCI Disciplinary Committee. “Cricket is my pride and passion,” wrote Sreesanth. He said that he has given his everything for the game and without it there is no life. “I worship it (cricket) as my own mother,” wrote the fast bowler. According to Sreesanth it will be impossible for the son to sully the image of one’s own mother. He wrote: “Even a mild indication or suggest like that will send shudders through my spine. I love the game so much and I am prepared to put in my entire life into it.”
Sreesanth differed with the charges put on him. He wrote an eleven point note to the board to substantiate his viewpoint. He wrote that there is absolutely no reliable material to fix any charge against him. He also defended his use of towel in the game against Kings XI Punjab. According to Sreesanth the usage of towel was natural in the heat. “In fact even other well known cricketers use white towel as a matter of habit. Even in the very same match towels were used by other players. Apart from sheer coincidence nothing culpable can be attributed to me by reason of using a towel. The allegation that in the first over no towel was used cannot be correct,” wrote Sreesanth.
Sreesanth vehemently opposed the allegation of him conceding 14 runs in a particular over. According to him there was no guarantee that the captain would ask him to bowl a particular over.
“The charges of soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing etc under Article 2.1.4 cannot be even indicated against me as there is no trace of evidence,” wrote the Kerala fast bowler.
He refused that he ever accepted gifts or payments from any bookmaker. He said that there was no conversation over the phone between him and Jiju Janardhanan about a sum of 10 lakh rupees.
Sreesanth fervently denied the charge that he was seen with an unidentifiable girl at the JW Mariott Hotel, Chandigarh.
He requested the BCCI to consider his case and allow him the opportunity to bring greater glory to the country by playing cricket. “[I] will feel extremely distressed if I am prevented from participating in that game solely on the the ground of some cooked up and false charges which cannot be even prima facie sustained at all by any material evidence,” wrote Sreesanth.