New Delhi, Aug 20: The Indian Cricket Board has reduced the lifetime ban on S Sreesanth and imposed a seven-year ban on him. The ban on Sreesanth will end on September 13, 2020. The BCCI has said that Sreesanth’s lifetime ban has been lifted to seven years. On September 13, 2013, Sreesanth was banned for life.
BCCI Ombudsman Dickey Jain said that Sreesanth is now 35 years old. His crucial time as a cricketer has passed. I think Sreesanth’s lifetime ban on playing for any professional cricket team or other member teams, including the BCCI, would be worth 7 years.
In March 2019, the Supreme Court lifted the lifetime ban on Sreesanth. The apex court had said that the BCCI had the right to take action. Sreesanth was given a period of 3 months to state his sentence and determine his sentence. The apex court had said that BCCI should consider Sreesanth’s ban. The Supreme Court had also said that the life sentence is high.
After the apex court’s decision, Sreesanth had said, “I consider Leander Paes an ideal.” If he can play Grandslam at 45, Nehra can play World Cup at 38, why not me? I am only 36 years old and my training is underway.
In 2015, 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan, and Ajit Chandila, were acquitted by Patiala House Court. Sreesanth made his international debut in 2005 in a one-day international against Lanka. He then made his Test debut against England in 2006. He has taken 87 wickets in 27 Tests. He has taken 75 wickets in 53 ODIs.
Writer: Himani Ranade