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Sreesanth had no direct link in spot fixing or betting

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Updated: 11:33 GMT, Aug 8, 2017 | Published: 04:30 GMT, Aug 8, 2017 |
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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.