Shantakumaran Sreesanth who was imposed a life ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) due to his alleged involvement in spot fixing during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) is hopeful of making a comeback in to the national team after the Kerala High Court has lifted the ban imposed on him and he is hopeful that BCCI will abide by the laws.
Though Sreesanth was acquitted by a Delhi Court in 2015, he was still handed a life ban. He fought his case in the Kerala High Court and now the cricketer is happy that the court has lifted the lifetime ban imposed on him. During an exclusive interview with News X Sreesanth said that he is hopeful of BCCI giving him the green signal which might allow him to push for a return to the Ranji Trophy circuit in October.
“There’s a BCCI meeting tomorrow. I don’t know if they will be discussing my case but I would like them to give me the green light stating I can play and the lifetime ban is lifted. I have waited for four-and-a-half years for the court’s verdict so I don’t mind waiting a few more months for BCCI’s announcement. I need the support of the BCCI and the Kerala Cricket Association. I am hoping to play the Ranji trophy in October,” Sreesanth said.
The fast bowler conceded that he wanted to make sure that the removal of ban went through a right channel.
“I wanted to make sure that the removal of the ban comes through the right channel. I had full faith in the judicial system and I am happy with the outcome. After I was cleared of charges in 2015, I was expecting the BCCI to lift the ban but there was no news. So I had to approach the Kerala High Court. I am thankful to my counsels Sivan Madathil and Rebecca John. I hope BCCI respects the law,” Sreesanth said.
The Kerala High Court had reprimanded him for not disowning his friend Jiju Janardhan who apparently had a major role to play in the spot-fixing scandal. “I was never really close friends with Jiju. He was a cricketer who played alongside me for many years. It was during the case hearings in Delhi that I came to know about his involvement. I’m not in touch with him. I don’t have any hatred towards anyone but I felt it’s better to stay away. I wanted to clear my name and I am happy that I have,” the fast bowler concluded.