Santhakumaran Sreesanth, the Kerala pacer who has been a part of two world cup winning teams has been in the limelight for very wrong reasons throughout his career. Yet again, with an emotional outburst, the cricketer challenges the BCCI’s decision to ban him at the Supreme Court on Friday, saying that it is too ‘harsh’ on him in the part of the BCCI to impose a life ban on him and pleading to the apex cricketing body to lift the ban on him and let him enter the field again soon as he is running out of time being on the wrong side of 30s’. However, the bench said that the Delhi High court should first give its verdict on the appeal filed against Sreesanth’s acquittal in the spot-fixing scandal.
Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, who is appearing on behalf of the cricketer, pleaded to A Division Bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Ajay Rastogi, that Sreesanth has been cleared and declared not guilty by a Delhi Sessions Court, and BCCI should as well lift the ban on him and allow him a comeback to the field. He said that while Sreesanth has got offers from English clubs, the ban doesn’t let him play even club cricket in India and the proposals will lapse soon if not replied to.
He pleads to the bench that the BCCI insisting on the ban is more than harsh with the likes of even Mohammad Azharuddin returning to the cricket fraternity participating in cricketing elections. However, Senior Advocate Parag Tripathi said that any malpractices or corruption on the field should be treated with zero tolerance.
The Big Boss 2018 contestant, Sreesanth’s frustration is quite visible. He has tried his luck in various fields like acting, politics and reality shows already. Docile is the word we often relate Mallus with. But Sreesanth has always been far from that, being a temperamental, maverick and fiery bowler all his career. He has been in trouble frequently and several times for his aggression. He was imposed a life ban in the 2013 edition of IPL for spot-fixing and hell has broken out in his career since then.
While a Delhi session court had freed Sreesanth of all charges, it was apparently not enough for the BCCI.
The Kerala High Court earlier also remarked that the decision of the courts entirely speaks about legal penalties whereas the BCCI can impose any punishment or ban it may deem fit for any malpractices or violation of disciplinary rules.
The Supreme Court has given the date for the next hearing in the third week of January 2019.