The Hush Post|13:00 pm|2-min-read
The Supreme Court will hear the appeal filed by cricketer S Sreesanth, challenging the life time ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in the third week of January.
Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, who appeared for Sreesanth, submitted that Sreesanth is already 35 years old and is losing his playing years. He also argued that he was handed out a harsh verdict as compared to other players.
“Sreesanth cannot even play local club cricket because of this ban. He has offers from clubs in UK“, submitted Khurshid.
Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for BCCI, said that there was incriminating evidence against Sreesanth.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Ajay Rastogi noted that appeal against the 2015 order of trial court is pending before the Delhi High Court.
The court said that though it understood Sreesanth’s “anxiety” to play. But, it would like to wait for the high court’s decision.
Former Indian cricketer Sreesanth on Friday said that the life ban imposed on him was “too harsh”. He had suffered immensely because of it, he said. He argued that when the life ban on cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, who was accused of being involved in a match-fixing scandal can be reversed, why his life ban cannot be set aside.
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.
He was acquitted by a Delhi court in the sensational 2013 spot-fixing case.