My efforts have finally bore fruit, says Sreesanth after BCCI reduces his ban to seven years
His ban will end on September 13 next year.
Updated - Oct 30, 2019 4:33 pm
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday, lifted the life ban on S Sreesanth and reduced it to seven years. The Ombudsman DK Jain passed the order on August 7 and it was made public on August 20. Accordingly, Sreesanth’s ban will officially end on September 13 next year. Delighted over the same, the cricketer is hoping to finally to return to the field.
Sreesanth was accused of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 while playing for the Rajasthan Royals. But then he was relieved of the charges due to lack of evidence. However, the BCCI hadn’t lifted the life ban on him, the move which Sreesanth contested in higher courts time and again. Finally, in April this year, a bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph said that Jain would reconsider his ban.
And within four months, the ban on S Sreesanth has been lifted and he is looking forward to life after that. He will be 37 years old by next year and it remains to be seen if he will be able to play the domestic cricket for his state team Kerala.
I am so happy and relieved
S Sreesanth was extremely happy after his efforts were successfully and most importantly, he was relieved for the fact that his innocence was proved. “I am so relieved and happy. All these years I have been trying to prove my innocence and the efforts have finally bore fruit. It’s God’s grace that I have finally managed to come out of this and hopefully, I can be active in cricket again,” he said while speaking to My Khel.
As far as the passed order from DK Jain is concerned, he said that the seven-year ban on the cricketer meets ends of justice. “I am of the view that banning Sreesanth from participating in any kind of commercial cricket or from associating with any activities of BCCI or its affiliates, for a period of 7 years with effect from September 13, 2013. The date from which, the period of the ban imposed by the Disciplinary Committee had commenced, will meet the ends of justice,” it read.