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BCCI's life ban sentence 'too harsh', Sreesanth tells SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Banned S on Friday told the that he has offers to play English County matches and the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for in India (BCCI) is "too harsh".

He said he has suffered the ban for four years now and has been acquitted by a in the sensational 2013 spot fixing case in 2015.

He said that when life ban on turned Mohammad Azharuddin, who was accused for his involvement in match fixing scandal of 2000, can be reversed then why can't his life ban imposed by BCCI can be set aside.

On November 8, 2012, the had termed the life ban imposed by the BCCI in 2000 for match fixing on former Azharuddin as illegal and said that it is unsustainable in law.

A bench of Justices and noted that appeal against the 2015 order of trial court is pending before the and the hearing is scheduled in the second week of January.

"We will hear the matter in third week of January," the bench said, while adjourning the matter.

Salman Khurshid, appearing for said that the is now 35 years of age and if the ban is not revoked, he will not be able to play club in the for which he has two-three offers.

He said that at 35 years of age, his international career is virtually over but he should at least be allowed to play club cricket.

Khurshid further said that except for Sreesanth, none of the other players who were embroiled in the alleged spot fixing scandal were given life time ban.

Parag Tripathi, appearing for BCCI, said that there was incriminating evidence against due to which the apex cricket body imposed 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 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 challenging the trial court order discharging the cricketers and others in the spot-fixing case.

The had arrested Sreesanth, along with cricketers and Ankeet Chavan, and others on charges of spot fixing during the (IPL) in 2013.

As many as 36 accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila, were let-off by a in July, 2015. The had later challenged the decision in the

The BCCI had however refused to alter its disciplinary decision of life ban even after the verdict.

Sreesanth has challenged in the apex court the decision of a division bench of the restoring the ban imposed on him by the BCCI.

The apex court had on February 5 sought response from the BCCI and two members of the committee, which had recommended the life ban on Sreesanth.

A single-judge bench of the had on August 7 last year lifted the life ban imposed on 34-year-old Sreesanth by the BCCI and set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board.

A division bench of the high court had later restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench's order.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 18:30 IST