SC revokes life ban on Sreesanth, asks BCCI to reconsider punishment

The Supreme Court on Friday sets aside life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The apex court set aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India’s (BCCI) disciplinary committee’s order.

The disciplinary committee of the BCCI may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth, said justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph. Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment, the court said.

The criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court should not be affected by this verdict, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case, the court added.

The former cricketer was banned for life for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he had told the court in the last hearing on January 30 that the bookie tried to drag him into spot-fixing but he did not fall for it.