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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

S Sreesanth’s ban leaves Scottish cricket club in ‘limbo’

Banned Indian cricketer S Sreesanth had expressed the desire to play for a Scottish County club, but a stay order on his ban has put the club in an unsavoury situation.

cricket Updated: Oct 28, 2017 16:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
The ban imposed on S Sreesanth by BCCI was recently upheld by the Kerala High Court.
The ban imposed on S Sreesanth by BCCI was recently upheld by the Kerala High Court.(Ravi Choudhary/ HT file photo)

A cricket club in Scotland has been left in ‘limbo’ in regards to bringing Indian cricketer S Sreesanth on board, after the ban imposed on him by the BCCI was upheld by the Kerala High Court last month.

According to the, the officials at the Glenrothes Cricket Club in Fife — a county in Scotland — are forced to wait on the outcome of the legal course after Sreesanth’s latest attempt to get back on the cricket field suffered a massive setback.

In an angry retaliation, Sreesanth himself had hinted that he wanted to play cricket in another country since the Indian cricket board had remained adamant in keeping him away. Sreesanth was banned by the BCCI following the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal in 2013.

Sreesanth is believed to have become friends with the chairman of the Glenrothes Cricket Club, Eddie Gibbs, conveying to him several times that he wanted to move to Fife.

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“Following the quashing of the criminal case some two years previously, it was clear that the BCCI intended to appeal and get the ban restored. This is now what’s happened and Sreesanth has been invited to take his case to the Indian Supreme Court,” Gibbs said.

“Even though the player is not banned by the ICC and never has been, an unjust domestic ban in India is preventing him resuming his career overseas, so as things stand with the legal process rumbling on, there is little chance Sreesanth will be pitching up at Gilvenbank for Glenrothes anytime soon,” he added.

The club said it cannot do anything but wait for the legal course to take its own time. “The player has publicly promised that he will play for Glenrothes at the first opportunity he can, but whilst the BBCI are allowed to pull the strings we have to let the judicial system run its course and we have been left in limbo,” expressed Gibbs.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 16:42 IST