The Supreme Court had earlier in the year set aside the life ban commanded by BCCI disciplinary committee for his alleged part in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal and asked the Board Ombudsman to amend within three months, the quantum of punishment.
And on Tuesday, Justice DK Jain concluded that his ban will expire on September 13, 2020. seven years as compared to the initial life ban.
Sreesanth is trying to make a comeback in the Indian Test team and pick at least 100 wickets before finishing his career after his life ban was decreased to 7 years by the BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain on Tuesday.
“I am extremely happy with what I have heard now. Thanks to each one of my well-wishers who prayed for me and the prayers have been answered. I am 36 now and next year I will be 37. I have 87 Test wickets and my intention is I want to finish my career with 100 Test wickets. I am sure that I can return to the Indian Test team and always wanted to play under Virat Kohli. Sreesanth said the media.
DK Jain examined the fact that Sreesanth co-operated with the inquiry and observed that BCCI could not defend Sreesanth’s case that the alleged offences did not substantially damage the IPL’s commercial value.
“In the report of the Commissioner, there is no charge that Mr Sreesanth did not co-operate in the Inquiry. Additionally, the BCCI has not been able to argue the specific plea of Mr Sreesanth that the offences allegedly committed by him did not substantially damage the commercial value of the IPL matches or even the final result of the subject match,” the Ombudsman said in his classification.
The ombudsman in his method also observes that BCCI has zero on record to prove its finding that the cricketer’s conduct was inconsistent on and off the field.
Sreesanth along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi police on doubt of spot-fixing during the sixth edition of the IPL in May 2013.
The BCCI heeded the arrest of Sreesanth with their own charges against the player linking to the match against Kings XI Punjab, played on May 9.
Sreesanth has reported that all the charges against him are false. He has played 27 Tests, 53 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 internationals, claiming a total of 169 wickets.