Again life-ban on cricketer Sreeshanth

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2017

Speaking to the media, Kerala Cricket Association secretary Jayesh George said the KCA was supporting Sreesanth ever since the ban was lifted. Consequently, the life time ban on the cricketer will continue.

A life ban on Indian fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth for match-fixing was reinstated by a court on Tuesday following an appeal by the country's cricket board.

The lifetime ban on Sreesanth had been lifted by a single bench of the Kerala HC in August this year. In July 2015, however, Sreesanth, who had been arrested under the draconian MCOCA law, was acquitted by a Delhi court that said there wasn't enough evidence to bring MCOCA charges against the pacer. The single bench was also not of the view that Sreesanth was not guilty of spot-fixing charges but it had found that the procedure adopted by the disciplinary committee as wrong, the division bench noted.

On Tuesday, the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan held that the scrutiny of disciplinary proceedings could only be on limited grounds under writ jurisdiction.

"This is the worst decision ever.special rule for me?what about real culprits?What about chennai super kings?" He questioned the BCCI's decision on allowing Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals back in the IPL fold after serving two-year suspensions each. The ban was ordered following allegations of spot-fixing in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in 2013.

A disappointed Sreesanth took to his Twitter account to say he will "keep fighting" to get the ban lifted. "Now with this verdict, we will have to respect it", said George.

Now the only option before Sreesanth is to approach the Supreme Court and, according to sources close to the bowler, he is likely to go in appeal against this verdict.

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