After life ban on pacer Sreesanth was upheld by Kerala High Court, he is said to be contemplating playing for another country. Sreesanth believes that there is still a lot of cricket in him and would think on representing another country if not allowed to play for India by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The life ban was imposed by BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal and it was upheld by Kerala High Court recently.
“BCCI has imposed the ban, not ICC. If not India, I can play for any other country, because am 34 now and I can only play for maximum six more years. As a person who loves cricket, I want to play cricket. And not only that, BCCI is a private firm; it is only us who say that this is the Indian team, but you know BCCI is a private body after all,” Sreeanth was quoted as saying during an event in Dubai.”So, if I play for any other country, it probably may be the same. Yes, representing Kerala in Ranji Trophy is different. I had hoped to win Ranji Trophy, Irani for Kerala, but the decision rests up on the BCCI,” he added.
The Kerala HC bench, comprising Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan, gave the verdict on a petition filed by the BCCI against a single-judge bench’s order, lifting the life ban imposed on the 34-year-old pacer.
The division bench said there was no violation of natural justice against the cricketer and quashed the single bench order in Sreesanth’s favour.