Sreesanth set to take BCCI to court

19 Feb 2017 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
Sreesanth's second innings

In a new twist, banned cricketer Sreesanth has vowed to take BCCI to court over his life ban.

Earlier, BCCI had refused to provide him a No Objection Certificate to play in a league in Scotland.

Sreesanth has also announced through Twitter about his plans to play for a local club in Ernakulam on February 19.

In context: Sreesanth's second innings

IntroductionWho is Sreesanth?

Sreesanth, born on 6 February 1983, is a former Indian cricketer.

He was a right-arm fast-medium-pace bowler.

Sreesanth used to represent the Kerala team in the domestic-level first-class cricket and Rajasthan Royals team (banned till 2017) in the Indian Premier League.

In 2013, he was banned from playing cricket for life by the BCCI for his involvement in spot-fixing in the IPL tournament.

16 May 2013Sreesanth arrested for his involvement in spot-fixing

With the court's permission, Delhi Police had taken all players involved in the IPL spot-fixing into custody.

Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and 11 bookies were arrested by the police.

They were facing charges for their alleged involvement in at least three IPL matches.

Delhi Police had stated that several match clippings and audio clippings showed the players' alleged involvement in return for money.

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14 Sep 2013Sreesanth banned for life by BCCI

The BCCI had imposed a lifetime ban on Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila for their involvement in the spot-fixing in the 2013 IPL Tournament.

BCCI Vice-presidents Niranjan Shah and Arun Jaitley imposed the ban on recommendations of Ravi Sawani, BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit Chief.

The committee had stated that Sreesanth was banned from playing any form of cricket associated with BCCI or its affiliates.

2013-15Tainted Sreesanth granted bail, acquitted later

After 27 days of his arrest, Sreesanth was granted bail, and he had said that he'd prove his innocence.

On 25 July 2015, Sreesanth and the others accused in the spot-fixing-case were acquitted of charges by the Patiala House Court.

The court had stated that there was no reason or evidence to believe that they were guilty under Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act.

6 Aug 2015BCCI stands tough on Sreesanth’s ban

After the court had dropped all charges against Sreesanth and the others, BCCI had made it clear that the ban imposed on them would remain.

BCCI had stated that the decision taken by the disciplinary committee of the BCCI was way different from the criminal offences.

Additionally, it stated that people are confusing the ban with crime and BCCI doesn't wish to spoil careers.

BJP approaches Sreesanth for assembly polls

On 22 March 2016, Sreesanth revealed that the BJP high command had approached him to contest in the upcoming Kerala assembly elections. The unaware Kerala BJP was shocked and said that Sreesanth can’t replace senior politicians in the state.
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19 Feb 2017Sreesanth set to take BCCI to court

07 Aug 2017Kerala HC lifts BCCI ban on cricketer Sreesanth

In a major setback to the Indian cricket board, the Kerala High Court has lifted the lifetime ban on Indian bowler Sreesanth today.

He was charged for his involvement in the spot-fixing case of 2013 Indian Premier League.

Sreesanth was earlier dismissed of all the charges by a Delhi court in 2015, but BCCI was firm on not allowing him to play cricket again.