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Sreesanth Ban: BCCI set to appeal to Kerala HC Division Bench

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

S Sreesanth will not get any immediate relief from the after the board decided to appeal to the Division Bench of High against lifting of life ban on the tainted pacer.

Sreesanth was banned for life by the for his alleged role in the spot-fixing in 2013. Last Monday, a single judge bench of the High had passed an order that the bowler's life-ban be lifted.

However, the is firm on its stand that they will not allow the speedster to make an immediate comeback.

"Yes, the legal team has studied the High order. The order has been passed by a single judge bench. As per the natural nomenclature, the BCCI has the right to appeal to a larger bench of the Kerala High Court. Therefore, we will be appealing against the overturn of ban at the Division Bench of the Kerala High Court," a senior BCCI official, who can't come on record, told PTI today.

It is learnt that BCCI with zero tolerance on corruption issues, has no sympathy for the pacer, who has represented India in 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals.

In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The court had earlier sought the BCCI's stand on the plea by the cricketer, challenging the life ban imposed on him by the game's governing body following the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal.

The BCCI had filed a counter-affidavit in the court in response to the plea by Sreesanth, who had challenged the life ban despite a court dropping all charges against the 34-year- old pacer.

The cricket board had said, "The decision of the sessions court to acquit the petitioner from the criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the BCCI to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organised by the BCCI and/or its affiliates."

It had said the question before the court was whether the petitioner (and other accused) was liable to incur penal consequences under relevant criminal statutes.

On the other hand, the question before the BCCI Disciplinary Committee was whether the petitioner was guilty of match-fixing, corruption and gambling and violation of the internal disciplinary rules of the BCCI, the board had said.

The standard of proof required under a penal statute was much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry, it had said.

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First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 20:22 IST
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