Kerala High Court has ordered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to free S Sreesanth, Indian cricketer from the lifetime ban imposed on him.It’s a great relief for the cricketer Sreesanth; Kerala HC sets him free in Spots-fixing acquisitions imposed by BCCI during IPL ( India Premier League ) 2013.
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is a former Indian Cricketer who hails from Kerala. He is a right-hand fast-medium-pace bowler and a right-hand batsman. Initially, he played for Kerala under the team Kerala Under-19s. He played many Test and ODI matches for team India and had an impressive cricket career. He became the center of Indian celebrations in World Twenty20 Championship, 2007 where he held on to the catch of the Final wicket.
Sreesanth has been a part of many IPL teams like Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Rajasthan Royals, and Warwickshire. During 2013 IPL season, While Playing for the team Rajasthan Royals. Sreesanth was caught in spot-fixing case and take in to charge by Mumbai police along with team players Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. Later BCCI imposed a lifetime ban these cricketers.
However, in 2015 the Delhi court has dropped all the charges against Sreesanth, but BCCI continued the ban on the cricketer.
In March 2017, a petition is filed by Sreesanth challenging BCCI’s decision not to lift the ban. Sreesanth has also contended in the court saying that not lifting the ban violation of his constitutional laws. BCCI produced an evidence of voice recording of Sreesanth and others who are involved in the case.
On 7th August 2017 Kerala High Court (HC), sets Sreesanth free from the ban imposed by BCCI. The court also mentioned that the recording produced in the court has no proof of direct involvement of Sreesanth.
After lifting the ban, the cricketer felt much relieved and expresses his happiness in front of the media. According to the media reports, Sreesanth felt that small incident is portrayed in the wrong way to the whole world. “No complaints though,” he said.
I was known to the world as Sreesanth, the cricketer and I too like it to remember as cricketer first.Sreesanth also wanted to play for 2019 World Cup which he knows is next to impossible. It will be a miracle if I play for the World Cup but miracles do happen, he said. He also hopes to make justice to the game after coming back.
Sreesanth also mentioned that “I learned a lot from my experience. I just pray and hope that I get an opportunity to show the world I am good enough.”