Sreesanth : I wasn't the only one involved in spot fixing

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S Sreesanth : Make ‘sealed envelope’ with 13 names public

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SportsCafe Desk

10/18/2017

Former India pacer S Sreesanth has stated that the spot-fixing scandal is not just his work and has insisted on making all the 13 names involved in this scandal public. Sreesanth took to Twitter questioning why he was being singled out while the names of ‘real’ culprits were not even being revealed.

After the Kerala High Court upheld BCCI’s life ban on S Sreesanth, the latter was furious with the decision adding that he was being punished for his mistakes whereas others are not even coming into the limelight. 

“Why has he been singled out and all those 13 names submitted to Supreme Court in a sealed envelope are not been made public,” said Sreesanth.

The BCCI banned the 34-year-old for his suspected involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 Indian Premier League. After the verdict of HC division bench of Chief Justice Navniti Prasad Singh, Sreesanth took to Twitter and even started blaming his former IPL team Rajasthan Royals and MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings asking about the ‘real culprits’.

As per the reports of DNA, Justice Mukul Mudgal-led committee, in 2015, came close to solving the case. Only the names of former BCCI president N Srinivasan, IPL COO Sundar Raman, Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and CSK Team principal Gurunath Meiyappan were officially revealed from the envelope. 

The Supreme Court assigned the responsibility of examining the names in the envelope to the Lodha Committee in August 2015. However, apart from clearing the name of Raman, the matter was not discussed inside the Courtroom even though it was a topic of great discussion outside, especially amongst the cricket fans.

“What can BCCI do about it? We were never given these names. This sealed envelope is with the highest court and if the Hon’ble court wants it to be investigated then BCCI has no objection,” said senior BCCI official after Sreesanth’s tweets, but, on condition of anonymity.

Moreover, the official talked about a conversation between the investigation team led by BB Misra (former IPS officer) and him during the course of the investigation.

“I was asked about my opinion on Sreesanth’s involvement by the investigation team. And I told them in simple and plain words that ‘no player can do it on his own without the involvement of the team’s captain’,” the BCCI official said.

“Can a player on his own bowl a particular over? The investigators were convinced that Sreesanth was only a small fish in the entire scandal and there was a need to probe the role of many more,” he added. 

Sources report that the Kerala Cricket Association have advised Sreesanth to appeal in the Supreme Court.

 “We had made arrangements for him to undergo a full fitness test so as to make him match fit. Now with this verdict, we will now have to respect it,” said KCA secretary Jayesh George. KCA has been supporting Sreesanth ever since the ban was lifted.

Further, the Kerala HC ruled that the court cannot conduct a judicial review of the life ban imposed by the BCCI and therefore, upheld the appeal.

The court has been hearing the appeal petition for the past two days and passed its verdict, which has left no hopes of not just playing for Kerala Ranji side in the upcoming matches but also be a part of practice sessions at any place that comes under the Board or any state cricket association.

In 2015, the BCCI Disciplinary Committee headed by the present Union minister Arun Jaitley had imposed a life ban on Sreesanth. 

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