The Board of Control for Cricket in India has turned down an appeal from S Sreesanth for the revocation of the life-ban imposed on him in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal of 2013.
Sreesanth had sought the removal of the ban and the issuance of a No Objection Certificate to play in the Scotting Premier League, but in an affidavit filed by the BCCI in the Kerala High Court, the governing body said there were no new circumstances warranting the removal of the ban.
Sreesanth had filed a petition in the Kerala High Court against the continuance of the life-ban, pointing out that a Delhi Sessions Court had discharged him from a crime registered in 2013 in the said spot-fixing case. The BCCI pointed out that the decision of the Sessions Court to ‘acquit the petitioner from criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the BCCI to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organised by the BCCI and/or its affiliates’.
The board’s decision was conveyed through a letter to the former India fast bowler by Rahul Johri, the BCCI CEO, after Sreesanth had also written to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) appealing for revocation of the ban.