After SC order, CoA to debate S Sreesanth's ban in upcoming assembly, says chief Vinod Rai

New Delhi: The life ban on S Sreesanth will probably be mentioned when the Committee of Administrators (CoA) operating Indian cricket meets subsequent after the Supreme Court asked the BCCI to rethink the punishment handed to the pacer for his alleged involvement within the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and Ok M Joseph stated the BCCI’s disciplinary committee might rethink, inside three months, the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth.

The bench made it clear that the 36-year-old Sreesanth should be heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment.

File picture of Vinod Rai. AFP

“Yes, I have heard about the Supreme Court order. We will need to get the copy of the order. We will definitely take up the issue at the CoA meeting,” CoA chief Vinod Rai informed PTI.

The CoA is scheduled to fulfill on 18 March to debate the anti-doping coverage of the Board with the International Cricket Council (ICC) officers. The concern of Sreesanth’s ban may come up among the many CoA on that day.

BCCI now has a brand new ombudsman in Justice (Retd ) DK Jain and amicus curiae PS Narsimha, it’s anticipated that the choice will probably be fast-tracked.

BCCI performing president CK Khanna made it clear that will probably be fully CoA’s name because the onus is on it to implement the apex courtroom’s order.

“This is a Supreme Court order and obviously a call needs to be taken. I am confident that the issue will come up for serious deliberation at the next CoA meeting. As far as Sreesanth being brought back to mainstream cricket, I have no comment to make,” Khanna stated.

Former BCCI vice-president and Kerala CA senior official TC Matthew, somebody who has seen Sreesanth as a teen, “welcomed the verdict”.

“I’m very completely happy for Sreesanth. He has misplaced six most valuable years of his life. I do not assume even when the ban is lifted he can play first-class cricket.

“But obviously if the BCCI lifts his ban after the SC verdict, he can have an alternate career in cricket, whatever that is. He can be a coach, mentor, may be take up professional umpiring, play club cricket in England,” Matthew stated.

The apex courtroom additionally stated that its verdict can have no impact on the legal proceedings pending in opposition to the previous cricketer within the Delhi High Court, the place the Delhi Police has challenged a trial courtroom’s order discharging all accused, together with Sreesanth, within the IPL spot-fixing case.

The bench handed this order on Sreesanth’s plea difficult the choice of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.


Published Date: March 15, 2019

| Updated Date: March 15, 2019


Updated Date: Mar 15, 2019 12:52:56 IST


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