Sreesanth lashes on BCCI after board considers challenging ban lift

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S Sreesanth lashes out at BCCI for their decision to challenge his ban lift

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SportsCafe Desk

08/12/2017

S Sreesanth expressed his annoyance at BCCI's decision of challenging his ban lift which will delay his return to cricket via series of tweets. Sreesanth bashed the Indian board for not accepting the court's decision to lift his ban and also challenged BCCI that he would make a return to the game.

On Monday, a single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court made a decision in S Sreesanth's favour by lifting life-ban imposed upon the cricketer. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday announced that it would appeal against the decision following its policy of zero tolerance against corruption.

On the other hand, BCCI's decision has obviously not gone down well with Sreesanth who bashed them for not allowing him to make a comeback to the game even after he was acquited of all the charges and being ruled innocent by the court.

Sreesanth was imposed upon with a lifetime ban after BCCI's Disciplinary committee found him guilty of spot fixing during IPL 2013. However, the Kerala pacer was acquited of the criminal charges on July 25th, 2015 but the BCCI responded by stating that a court exonerating the cricketer of spot-fixing charges is not enough for lifting the life ban.

"The decision of the Sessions Court to acquit the petitioner from 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 organized by the BCCI and/or its affiliates. The question before the Sessions Court was whether the petitioner (and other accused) were guilty of penal consequences under relevant criminal statutes. On the other hand, the question before the BCCI DC was whether the petitioner is guilty of match fixing, corruption and gambling and violation of the internal disciplinary rules of the BCCI. The standard of proof required under a penal statute is much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. Therefore, on an appreciation of the same evidence, one may not be guilty of criminal consequences but can be found guilty for violating the internal disciplinary rules of an organization," read an affidavit submitted by BCCI on Sreesanth's earlier demand for the lifting the life ban.

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