Former Indian fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was extremely happen in August 2017 when the Kerala High Court overturned the ban that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had imposed on him for his role in the IPL spot fixing scandal. Sreesanth has been banned from playing both domestic and international cricket from September 2013 and since then he has ventured into acting, business and politics.
BCCI Gets Their Way
The disgraced cricketer was thrilled when the court overturned the ban and said that he planned on making a return to the national side. The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) had also started making preparations for Sreesanth to go through a complete match fitness test but now all those plans have been dropped after the Kerala High Court decided to reinstate the ban.
The Court made the decision after the BCCI filed a petition asking the court to review its earlier ruling where it lifted Sreesanth’s ban. The decision to reinstate the ban came as shock to the 34 year old pacer who cried ‘injustice’ and raised a number of questions via his Twitter account stating that he has been unfairly targeted by the BCCI while other offenders such as the Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings have gotten away with worse.
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals received a two year suspension from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and will be back for the 2018 edition. Chennai Super Kings is arguably the most popular IPL franchise in the league and is led by former captain MS Dhoni.
Sreesanth Promises To Not Give Up
We take a look at some of his tweets “What about the accused 13 names in Lodha report?? No one wants to know about it?i will keep fighting for my right..God is great. This is the worst decision ever..special rule for me? What about real culprits? Anyway all I have is my family and lots of dear ones who still believes in me..I will keep fighting and make sure I don’t give up..”
While Sreesanth has promised to continue to fight to get the ban lifted, it most likely signifies that Sreesanth’s dream of returning to the Indian team and representing his country again is mostly over. Most fast bowlers tend to be at the end of their career when they reach 34 and Sreesanth will turn 35 in February 2018. Given the fact that India now has an abundance of fast bowling resources, Sreesanth fans might just have to be content with memories of the Kerala cricketing star.