The Supreme Court has lifted Sreesanth life ban and has reduced it to 7 seven years from the day of his arrest. The decision opened the door for the right-arm fast-medium-pace bowler to make a comeback in all forms of cricket. The ban would end on September 13, 2020, and the Indian cricketer would then become eligible to play for domestic as well as international matches.
Virender Sehwag on Sreesanth Life ban Reduction News
Where Sreesanth is hoping to play for India for coming matches, the former Indian cricketer and commentator have commented it won’t be easy for him to come back. When asked about the new of Sreesanth life ban lifting, the respected cricketer said he is happy that the ban has been reduced, but he would have to prove himself. Removal of the ban does not mean he can directly go and join the international team, and the bowler would first have to play domestic cricket.
Even when someone gave the example of Md. Amir of Pakistan, who was also banned for the crime of Spot-fixing, and made his comeback as soon as the ban ended. To this comparison Virender Sehwag said, it is India, not Pakistan. We have a system, and everyone follows conduct as compared to Pakistan where there is no respect for rules and regulations. He said, “Pakistan mein kuch bhi hota hai,” but Sreesanth cannot immediately comeback as he would first have to impress the selectors after display outstanding performance in domestic matches.
Here Is Sreesanth Reacted as the Supreme Court Lifted His Life ban
Sreesanth, on the other hand, I very happy after the Supreme Court’s decision of reducing his life ban, and allowing him to play for the country. He shared his aspirations that he want to come back and want to take 100 wickets in test matches.
“I am extremely delighted with what I have heard now. Thanks to each one of my well-wishers who prayed for me and the prayers have been answered. I am 36 now and next year I will be 37. I have 87 Test wickets and my aim is I want to finish my career with 100 Test wickets. I am confident that I can return to the Indian Test team and always wanted to play under Virat Kohli.”
He did not forget to mention his age which would turn 37 next year, but age cannot stop him from achieving his dreams. He also mentioned that he is a great follower of Leander Paes, an Indian Tennis Player who became an example that age does not matter when a player has talent and potential.
“I am a huge fan of Leander Paes to start with. For his age and fitness, he is showing the way (even) right now. So I should not give up. Even at 38, Ashish Nehra played the World T20 . I am only 36. So I still have another year to make the comeback. I don’t think age is a factor.”
The Indian bowler went on to say that he is a great follower of Captain Virat Kohli, and has always wanted to play under him. We hope Sreesanth gets to play in international cricket after playing domestic matches as VirendraSehwag mentioned.
Apart from being delighted at the Supreme Court’s decision to lift his life ban, Sreesanth is angry at BCCI who have claimed to challenge the decision as they work on zero tolerance ethics for corruption in the field of sports. Sreesanth blamed the BCCI for being partial as he has been proved innocent time and again, but the board is not ready to give him another chance.
C mon @bcci this is worst u can do to anyone that too who is proven innocent not just once but again and again..don't know why u doing this?
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017
On which grounds he was proved innocent is a different matter because the court nowhere said that Sreesanth was not involved in spot-fixing, they said he cooperated with the investigation, and his actions did not affect the final match, and that is the reason why SC has lifted his life ban.
“In the report of the Commissioner, there is no allegation that Mr. Sreesanth did not co-operate in the Inquiry. Additionally, the BCCI has not been able to controvert the specific plea of Mr. Sreesanth that the offenses allegedly committed by him did not substantially damage the commercial value of the IPL matches or even the final result of the subject match.” Official order from the ombudsman
Now, we are no one to judge if he was involved in the match-fixing or not, and can only wait for the court to decide him guilty or not guilty. What we can do is to pray for him, and pray that he performs exceptionally in the upcoming matches to improve his degraded image and win the trust of numerous Indians who still do not believe him.