March 15: In a huge relief for S Sreesanth, the Superme Court on Friday revoked the life ban imposed on the cricketer by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and asked the board to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment given to him within 3 months. The court, however, rejected Sreesanth’s plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.
A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph made it clear that Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment. The bench passed this order 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.
The former cricketer, who was banned for life for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during 2013 IPL, 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.