Board of Control for Cricket in India have had opposed the plea made by former Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth against his lifetime ban. The pace bowler is keen to play county season in the United Kingdom (UK) and made the plea in Supreme Court against the national Board
The Kerala-born Sreesanth is seeking a relaxation on his lifetime ban which would help him play cricket outside India.
However, opposing the plea with a “heavy heart”, senior counsel Parag Tripathi told the apex court that BCCI had already appealed against the order of discharging Sreesanth from the spot-fixing case in 2013.
The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra heard the proceedings over the matter. Tripathi also revealed that Sreesanth contacted the bookies through an intermediary. He also stated that the ban is not just about the law but also involves BCCI’s Code of Conduct.
On the other hand, senior counsel Salman Khurshid urged the court to allow him to play cricket in England. The English county is one of the premier domestic tournaments in the world and some of the best players in the world ply their trade during the summer of every year.
With still three months left in the ongoing season and Sreesanth is hopeful of playing these last few games. The Supreme Court asked the High Court to quickly resolve the pending appeal on Sreesanth’s ban discharge. Also, it acknowledged the “anxiety” of the cricketer to play the game.
Spot Fixing Shook IPL Back in 2013:
Although Indian Premier League (IPL) is considered as the best domestic Twenty20 league in the world, all was not good back in 2013.
Spot-fixing saga shook the league when BCCI decided to ban Sreesanth and his two other teammates; Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.
Soon after, the board was also forced by the apex court to ban two franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for their wrongdoings.
However, the league has now come over the incident. IPL 2018 has seen the league touch new peaks in terms of revenue and audience reach.
IPL is definitely setting the benchmark in cricket and the other boards are keenly following the league to make amends to their own domestic T20 leagues.