3/15/2019 2:58:39 PM (GMT+3)

SC scraps Sreesanth's life ban for match-fixing

SC scraps Sreesanth

NEW DELHI, India: Former India cricketer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth got a lifeline on Friday when the Supreme Court scrapped his life ban for match-fixing, but stopped short of acquitting the paceman.

Sreesanth was arrested for illegal betting and spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) along with team-mates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila.

“The life ban has been lifted and that's a big thing,” said Sreesanth. “The court has given me a huge lifeline. I’m happy with the opportunity given to me.”

The court said the Keralite’s long-running case had been badly handled and gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) three months to reconsider his punishment.

The former bowler was 13 short of 100 Test wickets when he was banned.

Police also launched legal proceedings against several officials of the Rajasthan Royals franchise which was later banned from the IPL for two years.

The 36-year-old, who was released on bail, faces separate criminal proceedings in the Delhi High Court.