Supreme Court ends life ban on S Sreesanth, asks BCCI to reconsider punishment for ex-India fast bowler

By Cricnwin Staff

Gurugram

The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the life ban imposed on Sreesanth for his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph has asked the BCCI to consider a fresh punishment for the former India fast bowler within the next three months.

"I need cricket back, I do not think it will take BCCI 90 days to make the decision but I am grateful that the life ban has been removed. I fought my battle all by myself. My practice is going on and the road ahead totally depends on the selectors," Sreesanth said.

"It was a huge fight and the Supreme Court has given me a lifeline. I have started staying fit to play the game, thanks to the T20 and T10 leagues, I can still earn my bread and butter somewhere.

"I am not bothered by my fitness as I am inspired by Leander Paes and Ashish Nehra, they both kept on playing even after reaching the age of 36. I just hope does not announce their decision on the 90th day, I hope they do it in a couple of weeks,” he added.

The apex court also said that its verdict will have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against Sreesanth in the Delhi High Court. 

Former BCCI vice-president TC Mathew welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on Sreesanth.

"I am very happy for Sreesanth. He has lost six most precious years of his life. I don't think even if the ban is lifted, he can play first-class cricket. But obviously, if the BCCI lifts his ban after the SC verdict, he can have an alternate career in cricket, whatever that is. He can be a coach, mentor, maybe take up professional umpiring, play club cricket in England," Mathew said.