Monday 10 December 2018 1:34 AM UTC
LONDON Dec 10: Banned cricketer S Sreesanth, who has has offers to play English County matches, appraoched Supreme Court asking for the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) lifted, newspapers reported.
He asked the Supreme Court to consider his request to lift the ban taking into consideration its previous decision to lifft ban on cricketer turned politician Mohammad Azharuddin, who was accused of his involvement in the match-fixing scandal of 2000.
Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sreesanth said that the cricketer is now 35 years of age and if the ban is not revoked, he will not be able to play club cricket in the United Kingdom for which he has two-three offers.Khurshid further said that except for Sreesanth, none of the other players who were embroiled in the alleged spot-fixing scandal were given a lifetime ban.
Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for BCCI, said that there was incriminating evidence against Sreesanth due to which the apex cricket body imposed a ban against him. He said that BCCI has adopted zero tolerance against corruption in the game and the life ban cannot be revoked.
On May 15, the apex court had denied Sreesanth playing for English County but asked Delhi High Court to decide expeditiously an appeal challenging a trial court order discharging several cricketers, including him, in the case.
The court had then said that though it understood Sreesanth’s “anxiety” to play, it would like to wait for the high court’s decision on the appeal of the Delhi Police challenging the trial court order discharging the cricketers and others in the spot-fixing case.
The Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth, along with cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, and others on charges of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2013.
As many as 36 accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila, were let-off by a Patiala House court in July 2015. The Delhi Police had later challenged the decision in the Delhi High Court.
The BCCI had however refused to alter its disciplinary decision of life ban even after the verdict.
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