IPL spot-fixing case: Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on S Sreesanth appeal tomorrow:
The Supreme Court would pronounce its verdict on an appeal by 35-year-old banned cricketer S Srresanth on Friday. He had filed a plea in the apex court against the Kerala High Court judgement upholding a ban on him. During the 2013 India Premier League season, Sreesanth along with two other players was found allegedly involved in the spot-fixing case.
All the tainted players were playing for Rajasthan Royals. They were subsequently arrested by Delhi police on charges of spot-fixing. Delhi Police claimed that Sreesanth confessed his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal.
In June 2013, right-arm medium-fast bowler was released on bail by a Delhi court. In the same year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) banned Sreesanth for life. The ban was lifted by a single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court. However, a division bench of the High court restored the ban. Former cricketer challenged the decision in the apex court.
Sreesanth had told the apex court that the ban imposed by cricket body was harsh.
He had also invoked the ban on former captain Mohammad Azharuddin, saying if ban was revoked on actor-turned-politician, why cannot same decision be taken in his issue.
In 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court declared the life ban imposed by the BCCI on Azharuddin as illegal. The BCCI had imposed ban on former cricketer in 2000.
Meanwhile, Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODI and 9 T20 matches for the national team. Former cricketer has picked 169 wickets in all the formats of game.