No Relief for Sreesanth As BCCI Refuses to Lift Ban

Kochi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed the Kerala High Court today that it will not lift the life ban slapped on former Indian cricketer Sreesanth, who had filed a petition in the court demanding that the board give him permission to play for Glenrothes Club in the Scotland Premier League.

In his petition, the HC had sent notices to the BCCI and the Centre. In its reply to the notice, the board clarified that it will not remove the life ban against the Kerala-born cricketer.

Sreesanth argued that the court had dismissed the arguments of the Delhi police, and it had acquitted him of the crime. He also explained that the BCCI’s report was based on the information given by the Delhi police.

Sreesanth was suspended in 2013 May by the BCCI and ordered for an inquiry following his arrest by the police in the controversial match-fixing allegations during the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Meanwhile, Sreesanth claimed that the probe panel submitted its report without obtaining his statement.

Then he turned up before the commission on June 24 and submitted his explanation after denying the allegations against him. But the panel without considering it, gave its supplementary report in July, he explained in his petition.

He said that he also replied to the show cause notice denying all the allegations. Though he was told to be present before the probe panel again, the hearing lasted only 15 minutes.