Top Court Cancels Lifetime Ban For Sreesanth, Asks Cricket Board To Reconsider Punishment

Top Court Cancels Lifetime Ban For Sreesanth, Asks Cricket Board To Reconsider Punishment

New Delhi: The Top Court, had set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee's order imposing a life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth. The ban was imposed on the cricketer for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph said the disciplinary committee of the BCCI may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth.

It was made clear by the bench that Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment.

"It's a huge relief. The court has given me a huge lifeline and I am happy with the opportunity given to me," Sreesanth said.

"I am just being optimistic and I hope to keep myself fit until September-October. Now, I believe I can even play Ranji Trophy for Kerala this season which starts from September-October," he added.

The Supreme Court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending on Sreesanth in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court''s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.

The order was passed on Sreesanth's plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.