Sreesanth’s ban to end in 2020 after BCCI cuts short

BCCI have cut short Indian fast bowler Sreensath’s ban. It has been reduced to a seven-year suspension, meaning the fast bowler will be eligible to play from September 2020.

BCCI ombudsman DK Jain confirmed that he has given the order to reduce Sreensath’s ban. In an order passed by the BCCI member on August 7, Jain has argued that Sreesanth’s heydays as a fast bowler “may already be over” and that the “ends of justice” would be met if he’s allowed to play next year.

Jain said in the order: “I am of the view that banning Mr. Sreesanth from participating in any kind of commercial Cricket or from associating with any activities of the BCCI or its affiliates, for a period of seven years with effect from 13.09.2013, i.e. the date from which, the period of ban imposed by the Disciplinary Committee had commenced, will meet the ends of justice.”

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“Life ban given to Mohammed Azharuddin (former India captain) was overturned. Pakistan’s Salim Malik got a life ban but it was overturned. Hansie Cronje was given life ban but he died in a plane crash when proceedings were not closed,” Khurshid had argued. “If at all he is guilty of anything, it is for failure to disclose about fixing, etc, despite having knowledge. That will make him guilty only of the least punishable offence. There is nothing on record to warrant a lifetime ban,” he added.

Sreesanth last played for Indian cricket team in 2011 while his last appearance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) came in 2013.

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