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BCCI to appeal court order that lifted S. Sreesanth’s match-fixing ban, angry bowler hits back

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is all set to appeal the court order that lifted S. Sreesanth’s match-fixing ban, and the speedster lashed out on Twitter against the board.

cricket Updated: Aug 11, 2017 16:32 IST
Agence France-Presse
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Former India bowler S. Sreesanth will probably have to wait a little longer to resume his cricketing career. (Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will appeal against a court order that lifted fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth’s life ban for match-fixing, a senior official told AFP on Friday.

The BCCI does not agree with the Kerala state High Court order that acquitted Sreesanth for lack of proof, the official said on condition of anonymity.

After the court ruling on Monday, Sreesanth, 34, said he was hoping to get his career back on track and represent India at the next World Cup in 2019.

But the BCCI official said: “We don’t agree with the order. It definitely needs to be challenged and within a week the appeal would be filed in the Kerala High Court.

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“We were always clear on this case as the board is firm on its zero tolerance policy on corruption and match-fixing,” the official added.

Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals players were banned for life over alleged involvement in betting and spot-fixing following a 2013 scandal in the Indian Premier League.

Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested along with scores of bookies as part of a probe into allegations that players had under-performed in return for cash.

Criminal charges were later dropped, but the players remained banned for breaching the BCCI’s code of conduct.

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Sreesanth, who is 13 short of 100 Test wickets, has played 27 Tests and 53 one-day internationals since making his debut in 2005.

Sreesanth fired back

S Sreesanth today vowed to make a competitive comeback despite BCCI’s decision to appeal against the lifting of the life-ban on the tainted pacer, hitting out against the board on Twitter.

Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing in 2013. Last Monday, a single judge bench of the Kerala High Court had passed an order that the bowler’s life-ban be lifted.

However, the BCCI is firm on its stand that they will not allow the speedster to make an immediate comeback.

Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals for India with his last international appearance being in August 2011.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 11:07 IST