BCCI considering options but is there a realistic chance for Sreesanth to play cricket again?

first_imgThe Kerala High Court has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to lift the ban imposed on speedster S Sreesanth but the 34-year-old still has a long path to traverse. Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League’s 2013 season.However, two years later in 2015, the right-arm pacer was given a reprieve by the Patiala House Court but BCCI refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the court verdict.Sreesanth then challenged the BCCI decision in the Kerala High Court which set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the cricket board. Even after court verdict, the BCCI has remained defiant and is mulling options. In all likelihood, the board will appeal against the order.In fact, the Indian cricket board is now likely to go to the Supreme Court to appeal against the Kerala High Court order. The BCCI has maintained that, “The decision of the session’s 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.”Earlier in January, he was also denied NOC by the BCCI to play in Scotland Cricket League.WILL BCCI LIFT BAN?It’s highly unlikely that BCCI is in favour of giving Sreesanth relief but even if it acquits the Keralite, his return to the national team remains a distant dream.advertisementHe has lost four years of cricket playing at the highest level. On account of the life ban, the pacer cannot play even league cricket nor get access for practice to any of the cricket grounds where the BCCI or the state cricket associations have a stake.India’s current pace attack boasts of talented players and have a cut-throat competition to make it to the playing XI of match at international level — Tests, ODIs or T20Is. The pace attack is spearheaded by Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshar Kumar and Jsprit Bumrah. Also the likes of Shardul Thakur, Basil Thampi and Siddharth Kaul are the upcoming talents who have proved their mettle at the IPL and are likely to keep the first-choice bowlers on their toes.Sreesanth was a good bowler and that’s why he was part to the victorious teams that won the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011.The 34-year-old has played in 27 Tests taking 87 wickets, and picked up 75 scalps from 53 ODIs and seven wickets from 10 T20Is.Sreesanth, even after falling from grace, remained in the limelight acting in films and participating in TV reality shows. He also contested the Kerala Assembly polls in 2016 on a BJP ticket.last_img

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