S Sreesanth, one of the three accused, reacts after the spot-fixing trio were cleared of their charges ©
S Sreesanth, one of the three accused, reacts after the spot-fixing trio were cleared of their charges ©

In yet another setback for Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Kerela High Court has asked revoke S Sreesanth’s life ban. Sreesanth was banned for life by the board after the spot-fixing found during the 2013 edition. Sreesanth had filed a petition in the HC, stating that his ban is illegal and wrong after Delhi HC cleared him in the same issue, dating July 25, 2015. The BCCI, adamant as they are, did not adhere by the HC’s order and continued to restrict Sreesanth playing any form of cricket.

BCCI had earlier filed a counter-affidavit on the issue before the court, in response to the plea by Sreesanth who had challenged the continued life ban on him despite his acquittal of the match-fixing charges. All accused 36, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were discharged in the spot-fixing case by Patiala House Court in 2015.  On account of the life ban, the pacer neither played league cricket nor got access for practice to any of the cricket grounds, where the BCCI or the state cricket associations have a stake. The BCCI Disciplinary Committee, headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, had slapped a life ban on Sreesanth, who was just the second Keralite to represent the country. In his brief career he has played in 27 Tests taking 87 wickets, and picked up 75 scalps from 53 ODIs and 6 wickets from 10 T20Is.

“Want to play Tests for India again, have 6-8 years of cricket left in me,” Sreesath told NDTV.