S. Sreesanth, member of the 2007 T20 world cup and 2011 50 over world cup winning Indian teams got a lifeline on Friday when the Supreme Court set aside the BCCI’s decision to impose the life ban for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
It’s a great relief for the man who hasn’t been playing competitive cricket for over six years now, he is a very emotional man if his behaviour in the Big Boss house gives any indication.
A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph said that the disciplinary committee of the Indian cricket board may reconsider the quantum of punishment given to him within three months. The bench made it very clear that Sreesanth must be heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment.
After the 2013 incident many things have changed in the BCCI, including its constitution. In any way the ball now lies in court of the SC- appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), who will have to take a final call. After the changes in the BCCI’s constitution, the quantum of punishment in such cases has to be determined by the BCCI Ombudsman. Currently former SC judge DK Jain holds the position.
Vinod Rai the CoA Chief has said, “I have heard the SC order but we are yet to get the copy of the order. We will definitely take up the issue at the CoA meeting.”
Sreesanth said that if Leander Paes can win Grand Slams at 42 he can definitely play some cricket at 36. Sreesanth further said, “I don’t know what life has in store for me after all these years. It’s been six years and I haven’t played cricket, which was my life.”
“I hope the BCCI respects the verdict of the country’s highest court and allows me to at least get back to the cricket field. I hope that at least now I can walk to a school cricket ground and train there without being told that I’m not allowed. I just want to play cricket whatever cricket I can.”
In recent times Sreesanth was seen in two reality shows Bigg Boss 12 and Khatron Ke Khiladi, he was runners-up in Bigg Boss.
It remains to be seen what destiny holds for the former India paceman.