In a body blow to tainted fast-bowler S Sreesanth’s hopes of making a much-awaited return to cricket field, the division bench of the Kerala High Court, on Tuesday (October 17), reimposed the life ban on him. The court gave its verdict in response to Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) petition against the a single bench of Kerala High Court’s earlier decision which order the cricket board to revoke the ban.
Earlier this year in February, the World Cup-winning pacer had filed a writ petition in the Kerala High Court challenging the life fan after the BCCI refused to issue a no-objection certificate for him to play league cricket in Scotland.
Sreesanth, who along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan was banned for life by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee in September 2013, was cleared of all charges by a Delhi trial court in 2015 due to insufficient evidence. However, the Indian cricket board did not lift the ban since the decision was independent to any criminal proceeding and was based on its independent disciplinary action.
However, in August, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque of the Kerala High Court gave his verdict in favour of the bowler, telling the BCCI it had no incriminating evidence against the player and hence the ban should be “quashed”.
But the BCCI was also not willing to accept the court’s verdict and challenged it which has now ended in their favour.