The Supreme Court of India on Friday has provided a huge relief to former Indian Cricketer S Shreesanth. A Beanch of Justice Ashok Bhushan and K.M. Josheph revocked the life ban on Sreesanth by saying that the punishment of life ban is ‘’too harsh’’ and asked the BCCI for re-examination of the quantum of punishment.
However, the Court upheld his indictment in the 2013 IPL spot fixing case, it directed the BCCI disciplinary committee to review the quantum of punishment within three months. The Court said that the standard of the BCCI disciplinary committee was higher than criminal proceedings.
Earlier Shreesant had argued how the life ban of other cricketers were eventually reconsidered. Senior Advocate Salman Khurshid appeared on behalf of Sreesanth and submitted that the punishment of Mohd. Azaharudddin was overturned, Pakistan’s Salim Malik’s life ban was overturned. Mr. Khursid has argued that despite having the life ban and losing the best part of his career, Sreesanth has remained loyal to the board and wants to reconnect with the board.
Sreesanth has played 27 Test, 53 ODI and 10 T20 matches for India.