Disgraced Indian fast bowler S. Sreesanth’s spot-fixing ban has been reduced to seven years by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) making him eligible to return to competitive cricket by September 13, 2020. Sreesanth was originally banned for life by the BCCI but the Indian Supreme Court asked the board to review his sentence.
“Mr. Sreesanth has already suffered sufficient punishment for the alleged offences and therefore, he does not deserve further sanctions,” Justice Jain had claimed in his order. The judgment on Sreesanth’s playing future was left to the BCCI ombudsman instead of the disciplinary committee.
Sreesanth was found guilty of spot-fixing and corruption in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) alongside two players belonging to Rajasthan Royals. He was arrested by the Delhi for alleged promises made to bookmakers to conduct illicit practices during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and the Royals.