Sreesanth’s ban imposed by BCCI must be lifted: Kerala Cricket Association

Sreesanth and other cricketers involved got a major respite from the Delhi Court on Saturday.

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Sreesanth will look to make a comeback into the Kerala side at the earliest © Getty Images
Sreesanth will look to make a comeback into the Kerala side at the earliest © Getty Images

Kochi: Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) today decided to write to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking lifting of the life ban imposed on pacer S Sreesanth who has been discharged by a Delhi court in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing case. KCA President T C Mathew, who is also a BCCI vice-president, will write to the Board regarding this after a Delhi court yesterday dropped charges against former India pacer Sreesanth and two others in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. “We will appeal to BCCI to lift the ban. We will soon write to BCCI as the court has discharged Sreesanth (in the IPL spot-fixing case),” KCA Secretary T N Ananthanarayanan told PTI. READ: IPL 2013 spot-fixing scandal: Charges against Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan dropped

Mathew, who is currently in Bangalore, said the KCA will wait for response from the BCCI after sending the letter requesting lifting of ban imposed on Sreesanth. A delegation of KCA office bearers may also meet the BCCI top brass, KCA officials said. READ: Charges dropped against Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila: What lies ahead?

Soon after the court verdict yesterday, the BCCI had said they have decided to stick to its ban on the three cricketers — Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — for the time being. The charges against tainted cricketers S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, along with the 16 arrested and 20 other accused, were dropped by the Patiala House Court in New Delhi in relation to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing case on Saturday. READ: Sourav Ganguly happy with court’s decision to pardon S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan

he trio were suspended by the BCCI  in 2013 after allegations of spot-fixing were surfaced against them during the sixth edition of the IPL, with the accused getting arrested and spending time in jail after that. The cricketers are learnt to have expressed their hope of the BCCI lifting the ban on them in the near future. The cricketers were relieved after the verdict and said that they want to return to competitive cricket at the earliest. READ: BCCI not to lift bans on Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila

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