According to latest media reports, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said that , “For the moment the life ban stays and I haven’t received any request from anybody regarding Sreesanth. If some request does come I will look into the matter.”
This is a day after Sreesanth got the support of the Kerala Cricket Association. TC Mathew, the President of Sreesanth’s State Cricket Association said, “He has got a favourable verdict from the Patiala House Court. So, at this juncture we can only request the BCCI to lift the ban”.
For the moment BCCI has not received the communique that TC Mathew will make to the board seeking overturning of Sreesanth’s ban. But will the BCCI discuss the matter in its next Working Committee Meeting?
“If need be” said Anurag Thakur.
The Board Secretary though made it clear that discussing the matter or the court’s decision does not necessarily mean they will lift the life ban.
“Discharged by criminal court and acquitted after trial is totally different. Discharged from criminal proceedings doesn’t necessarily imply that the personcharged is not guilty. Court has also appreciated the effort of the Delhi Police and discharged and exonerated are two different things,” said Thakur.
The BCCI may seem to be on the back foot but for the moment they are maintaining their stance, citing examples of former instances of cricketers linked with fixing in cricket like Mohommad Azharuddin. In those cases too, the bans were not handed by the courts but through BCCI disciplinary proceedings.
So for the richest cricket board in the world, a court decision influenced more by hard evidence than by soft connection of the dots means nothing to them.
Meanwhile, Sreesanth remains humble, doesn’t seek vengeance, punitive damages for character assassination, or another court case to force the BCCI to immediately over turn the damage saying “I’ll not go against the BCCI. If I am known as Sreesanth, it is because of the BCCI.”