Rajat Sharma

The Sad Case of Cricketer Sreesanth


Sreesanth India TVCricketer S. Sreesanth, on whom the BCCI had clamped a lifetime ban in the wake of IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013, has been cleared of all charges by a Delhi sessions court. The Kerala High Court, in August, ordered BCCI to lift the life ban imposed on him, but the BCCI has filed an appeal in the same High Court against the single judge bench order. The board has told the high court that it cannot withdraw the ban merely because of the fact that he was exonerated by a Delhi sessions court. Sreesanth had to spend time in Tihar jail soon after his arrest in 2013, and since then he has been banned from cricket. He is now 34. In an interview to India TV, Sreesanth has said ‘I am not begging, I only want my livelihood back… People know what type of cricket I play and what type of a cricketer I am’.

In short, Delhi police failed to prove spot-fixing charges against Sreesanth, and the man who was part of two World Cup winning teams, the T20 World Cup in 2007 and ODI World Cup in 2011, is completely out of the cricket scene. His entire career has been ground to dust because of a single incident. This loss to his career and fame cannot be compensated, but it should be investigated as to who were the police officers who conspired against him, if he was innocent. Who were the enemies of cricket who destroyed Sreesanth’s career and his reputation?

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