BCCI should take positive stand on bowler Sreesanth issue

In 2000, India skipper, Mohammad Azharuddin, who was banned for life for match-fixing, urged the BCCI on Wednesday to take a positive stand in resolving the issue of pace bowler S Sreesanth.

Former India bowler Sreesanth, who played 27 Tests and 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals, was slapped a life ban after being charged with spot-fixing while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 IPL.

The BCCI slapped a life ban on Sreesanth, 34, after he and two RR teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan were charged by the Delhi police. However, a Delhi court quashed the charges in 2015, saying there was insufficient evidence under the stringent provisions meant to tackle organised crime that was used by the Delhi police.

The Kerala high court directed the BCCI to lift the ban, taking into account the Delhi court’s decision.

The temperamental bowler has not played any toplevel cricket since his 2013 arrest for spot-fixing.

The BCCI has said it has to study the court verdict. The Kerala Cricket Association has also said it would tread cautiously.

In January, BCCI denied permission to the bowler, who played in the final of the 2007 World Twenty20 and 2011 World Cup (India won both), to play in the Scottish league. The Kerala HC said the ban on Sreesanth went against natural justice.

Azharuddin too petitioned the court and got the life ban lifted, but awaits the release of his dues by the BCCI.

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Source: http://paper.hindustantimes.com

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