S Sreesanth. Photograph:( ANI )
Sreesanth has been accused of involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal
Indian fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth's life ban for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal has been reduced to seven years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman Justice (retired) DK Jain announced today.
The Indian cricketer has been accused of alleged involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal and was banned along with Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.
Sreesanth has maintained that all the charges against him are false.
But now the pacer, who will be 37-year-old by the time ban ends, can have a sigh of relief as he can resume his cricketing career either as a player, coach or commentator from next year.
"I am of the view that banning Sreesanth from participating in any kind of commercial cricket or from associating with any activities of BCCI or its affiliates, for a period of 7 years with effect from September 13, 2013," ANI quoted Justice (retired) DK Jain as saying.
Justice (retired) Jain also made it clear that the pacer has already served the punishment for six years, hence the ban now will end in August next year.
"The date from which, the period of ban imposed by the Disciplinary Committee had commenced, will meet the ends of justice," Justice Jain added.
Earlier, the apex court observed that the conduct of Sreesanth, facing a life ban, in the entire episode was "not good".
In March this year, the top court had set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee's to reconsider order imposing a life ban on Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the matter.
He has played 27 tests, 53 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 internationals, claiming a total of 169 wickets.