S Sreesanth    IANS
S Sreesanth IANS

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will appeal against a court order that lifted fast bowler S Sreesanth’s life ban for match-fixing, a senior official told AFP on Friday. The BCCI does not agree with the Kerala state high court order that acquitted Sreesanth for lack of proof, the official said on condition of anonymity. After the court ruling on Monday, Sreesanth, 34, said he was hoping to get his career back on track and represent India at the next World Cup in 2019. But the BCCI official said: “We don’t agree with the order. It definitely needs to be challenged and within a week the appeal would be filed in the Kerala high court. We were always clearon this case as the board is firm on its zero tolerance policy on corruption and match-fixing,” the official added. BCCI to adopt wait-and-watch policy over S Sreesanth

Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals players were banned for life over alleged involvement in betting and spot-fixing following a 2013 scandal in the Indian Premier League. Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested along with scores of bookies as part of a probe into allegations that players had under-performed in return for cash. Criminal charges were later dropped, but the players remained banned for breaching the BCCI’s code of conduct. Sreesanth, who is 13 short of 100 Test wickets, has played 27 Tests and 53 one-day internationals since making his debut in 2005. Since his life ban was lifted, Sreesanth had expressed his dream to play 2019 World Cup. The 34-year-old knows he faces a tough battle after four years in the wilderness, but he said he was inspired by the successful comeback of Pakistan s Mohammad Aamer from a fixing ban.

The Kerala state high court lifted Sreesanth s ban on Monday, saying the BCCI had not proved his role in the 2013 Indian Premier League scandal. Sreesanth had said his first target would be to play games for Glenrothes in the Scottish league, and then Kerala state, as he bids to fight back into the Indian team.