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Sreesanth Lashes Out After Kerala High Court Restores Life Ban

Kerala High Court restores life ban imposed on S Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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In what could be a shocking blow to former Indian pacer S Sreesanth, a division bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday upheld the appeal made by the BCCI against the earlier single bench verdict that lifted the life ban on the bowler in August 2017.

The division bench of Chief Justice Navniti Prasad Singh ruled that the court cannot conduct a judicial review on the life ban imposed by the BCCI, and hence upheld the appeal.

The court heard the appeal petition for the past two days and delivered its verdict, which has now, for the time being, ended his hopes of not just playing for the Kerala Ranji side in its upcoming matches, but also to take part in practice sessions at any place that comes under the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or any state cricket association.

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Speaking to the media, Kerala Cricket Association secretary Jayesh George said the KCA was supporting Sreesanth ever since the ban was lifted.

We had made arrangements for him to undergo a full fitness test so as to make him match-fit. Now with this verdict, we will now have to respect it.
Jayesh George

Now the only option before Sreesanth is to approach the apex court and, according to sources close to the bowler, he is likely to go in appeal against this verdict.

In 2015, the now 34-year-old pacer, along with two other players, got exonerated by the Delhi court in the case registered by Delhi Police which invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), but the BCCI Disciplinary Committee headed by the present Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slapped a life ban on Sreesanth.

Following this, he approached the Kerala High Court, which on 7 August lifted the life ban.

The former India speedster Sreesanth lashed out on Twitter, asking why is there a special rule for him.

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(With inputs from IANS)

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