Controversial Indian pacer S Sreesanth’s ban for alleged match-fixing will conclude next August, BCCI Ombudsman Justice (retired) D.K. Jain has ordered citing the fact that the pacer is well past his prime and has already served six years. This means that the player may play again in August 2020.
The BCCI had banned Sreesanth, 36, for life in back August 2013 for alleged committing spot-fixing in the IPL 6. His Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were punished similarly as well.
However, the Supreme Court set the BCCI disciplinary committee’s order aside earlier on March 15 this year.
Then, in an order passed on August 7, Jain said “ends of justice” would be met by making it a seven-year suspension and letting him play next year. ”…for Mr Sreesanth, who is now in his late thirties, his prime years as a Cricketer, particularly as a fast bowler may already be over,” Jain reasoned in his order.
”… I am of the view that banning Mr Sreesanth from participating in any kind of commercial Cricket or from associating with any activities of the BCCI or its affiliates, for a period of seven years with effect from 13.09.2013, i.e. the date from which, the period of ban imposed by the Disciplinary Committee had commenced, will meet the ends of justice,” Jain said in the order.
In April 2019, a bench of Justices KM Joseph and Ashok Bhushan informed that Jain would reconsider the duration of the punishment within three months.
The BCCI, on February 28, had told the apex court that the life ban that was imposed on the Kerala pacer was “fully sustainable in law” since Sreesanth had “tried to influence” a game.
The Board’s representative, senior advocate Parag Tripathi, had cited the recorded telephonic conversations in the matter, telling the court that it was clear that money was not only demanded but “probably received” as well.
He further added that there were allegations that Sreesanth received ₹10 lakh to concede 14 runs in his 2nd over in an IPL contest between the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals at Mohali in May 2013.
All along the trial, Sreesanth has maintained that the allegations levelled against him are false and that he is innocent.