Sreesanth had no direct link in spot fixing or betting
The Kerala Court on Monday set aside the lifetime ban imposed by BCCI on S.Sreesanth, paving the way for the former India pacer to attempt a comeback to first class cricket.
The Indian cricket board had continued with the ban on Sreesanth — known as much for his colorful character as his undoubted bowling prowess — despite a Delhi sessions court exonerating him in July 2015 for his alleged role in spot-fixing during an IPLmatch in 2013.
A single bench of the high court said BCCI, in its eagerness to uphold the dignity of the game, failed to appreciate the evidence as a whole and instead relied on a piece-meal approach that suited it. “When evidence is in the nature of circumstantial evidence, that evidence ought to have been appreciated as a whole. Dissecting evidence in such manner suited to the disciplinary committee resulted in losing its dimension to find out the truth. If evidence as a whole is appreciated, it can easily be concluded that Sreesanth had no direct link in sport fixing or betting,” the court said in the judgment.