Former India cricketer S. Sreesanth’s life ban for alleged spot-fixing in IPL games was reduced to seven years in an order passed by BCCI Ombudsman, Retired Justice DK Jain on Tuesday.
Jain’s decision comes after the Supreme Court, in March of this year had set aside the lifetime ban of the player which was imposed by the BCCI disciplinary committee and the apex court has directed the Board to take fresh actions and reconsider the length of the ban. In reply to the suggestion, BCCI informed that the disciplinary committee no longer exists and ombudsman appointed by the court should be responsible to find a solution.
DK Jain said, “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 seven years with effect from September 13, 2013, i.e. the date from which the period of the ban imposed by the Disciplinary Committee had commenced, will meet the ends of justice.”
Jain further stated that for Sreesanth who is already in his late thirties, his prime years as a cricketer, particularly as a fast bowler may already be over.