BCCI Maintains Sreesanth Ban After He Was Cleared in Court

By Dhanu Delphi on July 29, 2015

India Cricket Team - BCCIDespite having been cleared by the New Delhi court, Shantahkumaran Sreesanth, has not had his life-long cricket ban lifted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Anurag Thakur, the BCCI Secretary, commented: “The earlier decision of BCCI’s disciplinary committee ban on this case will stay on. Disciplinary proceedings are different, criminal proceedings are different. The action taken in the past was based on the disciplinary action for the indiscipline of these players, reports submitted by the anti-corruption unit. So the same decision of ban will continue on these players.”

Sreesanth met with the press for his first official statement on Tuesday. When speaking about how Jiju Janardhanan turned him him, he said: “There is life beyond cricket. Forgive, but not forget. I still don’t believe he betrayed me but no friendship is above my family.”

The fast bowler can accept what has happened in the past, but is struggling to accept that there could be a future without cricket. He said: “Hopefully, I can play an international match in the stadium before I die.”

Sreesanth is hoping that with the help of the Kerala-based Press Trust of India, that he will be able to meet with Thakur in the hopes of a more favorable decision.

He said: “I am hopeful after indication from the higher-ups of the BCCI that it would consider my request. So I want to file an application. I am waiting for his (Thakur’s) call. I hope the next meeting of the BCCI would take a favorable decision.”

Since Thakur has taken over at the helm of the BCCI, the organization has worked hard to keep decisions more transparent.

Thakur commented on the new BCCI regime: “We have taken over when there is a great challenge, but I see a lot of opportunity. In the last few years, certain decisions have been taken for which the board has had to pay a price and the image of the board has been tarnished. We will try our best to implement certain things, which can take the game forward.”