BCCI to ap­peal against or­der on Sreesanth ban

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

The BCCI is set to ap­peal against the Ker­ala High Court judge­ment that had or­dered the board to lift the life ban on fast bowler Sreesanth for his al­leged in­volve­ment in the 2013 spot- fix­ing scan­dal in the IPL. Con­firm­ing the devel­op­ment, a BCCI of­fi­cial told

ESPNcricinfo that the board would ap­proach the court "very soon".

In its judge­ment on Mon­day, the Ker­ala High Court had, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, ob­served that the BCCI's re­fusal to lift the ban was a vi­o­la­tion of nat­u­ral jus­tice.

Af­ter Sreesanth and two other Ra­jasthan Roy­als bowlers - An­keet Cha­van and Ajit Chandila - were ar­rested for al­leged ful­fill­ing of prom­ises made to book­mak­ers in May 2013, they were banned for life by the BCCI. The court's ob­ser­va­tions fac­tored that in 2015 Sreesanth had been ex­on­er­ated of spot-fix­ing charges by a Delhi trial court due to in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence un­der the MCOCA act, a spe­cial law passed by the Ma­ha­rash­tra state govern­ment to tackle or­gan­ised crime syn­di­cates and ter­ror­ism.

Fol­low­ing the board's in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2013, con­ducted by the BCCI's then anti-cor­rup­tion unit chief Ravi Sawani, the BCCI main­tained that its decisions "in­de­pen­dent to any criminal pro­ceed­ing" and "based on its in­de­pen­dent dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, shall re­main un­al­tered."

Con­se­quently, Sreesanth's re­quest for a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate to play league cricket for Glen­rothes CC in Scot­land was shot down in Jan­uary. How­ever, soon af­ter his ban was lifted by the court, the Ker­ala Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (KCA), Sreesanth's home body, wrote to the BCCI re­quest­ing the board to al­low his re­turn to ac­tive cricket in the forth­com­ing do­mes­tic sea­son.

Sreesanth last played of­fi­cial cricket dur­ing IPL 2013.

"Sreesanth had met me a day af­ter the judge­ment and com­mu­ni­cated his avail­abil­ity for Ker­ala," KCA sec­re­tary Jayesh Ge­orge told ESPNcricinfo. "So, we wrote to the board ask­ing it to con­sider the matter favourably and al­low him to play do­mes­tic matches this year. The BCCI hasn't replied to the let­ter yet."


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