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Coimbatore

HC lifts ban on cricketer Sreesanth

Covai Post Network

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Monday revoked the lifetime ban imposed on speedster S Sreesanth by the Board of Cricket Control of India.

Lifting the ban, the court said it was denial of justice to Sreesanth. The speedster later told mediapersons that it was really good news. He would back on the field soon. He said he was physically fit and his aim was to get into the State team.

“Many people supported me … I am really indebted to them and I will not let them down,” he said. Sreesanth in a Twitter message said: “God is great..thanks for the all the love and support.”

The police arrested Sreesanth and two others on charges of fixing an IPL match in 2013 when he was playing for Rajasthan Royals. A Delhi court exonerated him in 2015. But BCCI refused to lift the ban saying the decision was taken by the former administrative committee of the body and the new committee was not empowered to take a decision on this.

Owing to this, BCCI had denied him a no objection certificate to play in the Scottish League.

Challenging the ban in the High Court, Sreesanth had contended that the ban violated his constitutional rights. The BCCI had imposed the ban on him on the basis of the case registered by Delhi police. With the Delhi court giving him a clean chit, the ban had become meaningless, he had argued.

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