The Supreme Court has set aside the life ban imposed by the BCCI on fast bowler S Sreesanth.
Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice K M Joseph pronounced the order and directed the BCCI to reconsider the punishment within three months. The 35-year-old cricketer will get an opportunity to be heard by BCCI’s disciplinary committee on the quantum of the punishment, the court further ruled. Previously, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had declared the life ban imposed on Mohammad Azharuddin as illegal. The BCCI had banned Azhar in the wake of the Cronje-gate at the turn of the century. Sreesanth was handed the punishment by the cricket board for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing. While representing Sreesanth, senior advocate Salman Khurshid drew the Azhar analogy and argued that if a life ban on the former India captain can be reversed, then why can’t the same be done for his client. The BCCI maintained that it has a water-tight case against Sreesanth and the life ban cannot be revoked. The Kerala cricketer, on the other hand, described the punishment as completely unfair.