The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the BCCI's disciplinary committee's order imposing a life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The Supreme Court also asked the cricket board to reconsider Sreesanth's punishment within the next three months. Supreme Court had given three months time to decide the quantum of the punishment.
Sreesanth, 36, was arrested for illegal betting and spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) along with teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila.
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September 2013: Sreesanth is handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in the spot-fixing case. However, the court rejected Sreesanth's plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case. Fast bowler Sreesanth will also get the opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of punishment.
"The life ban has been lifted and that's a big thing", Sreesanth said after the ruling. In the meantime, it has been learned that the Supreme Court revoked the life ban imposed on the Kerala cricketer. I am very happy with the Supreme Court decision. "It is not just about playing for the country, but it is about getting the respect back", he tells PTI. Later, the division bench of the high court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench's order. The apex court bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph, however, made it clear that its order shall have no effect on criminal proceedings pending against him. "The punishment period has already been completed as I have been banned for nearly six years", said Sreesanth. He says that the life ban on cricketer-turned-politician Mohammad Azharuddin-who was accused of being involved in a match-fixing scandal in 2000-was revised, and that the BCCI should do the same in his case.