Kerala High Court lifts life ban on S Sreesanth

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The Kerala state high court lifted Sreesanth's ban on Monday, saying the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had not proved his role in the 2013 Indian Premier League scandal.

"With the domestic season around the corner, KCA would also like to support him and provide an opportunity to train/practice in the pre-season preparatory camps and selection trials at the earliest instance, subject to clearance from the Commitee of Administrators/BCCI", the KCA release mentioned.

Sreesanth, who has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is, including the World Cup final in 2011 and World T20 2007 final, had approached the HC after his earlier acquittal by Delhi sessions court claiming that "his career was getting ruined due to the ban".

Virat Kohli's men lost to arch-rival Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final while Mithali Raj's girls went down to England in a thriller summit clash of the Women's World Cup at the Lord's. But I have always believed that miracles can happen.

Azharrudin told reporters on Wednesday: "Sreesanth was one of the finest fast bowlers, but I think he was not handled properly".

Sreesanth has not played competitive cricket since IPL 2013.

"I have always felt that competition gets the best out of me". On account of the life ban, the pacer can not play even league cricket nor get access for practice to any of the cricket grounds where the BCCI or the state cricket associations have a stake. In addition to it, there was insufficient proof under the gambit of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). "I just hope that I can do justice to my talent on my comeback", he had added.

"If Azhar's dues are cleared then all other tainted players will come back into the cricket fold as there is no law in India to punish them so far", said a BCCI official.

Manjrekar tweeted, "If BCCI had a strong case to ban cricketers for match-fixing, surely they must have a strong case to challenge the lifting of bans". "Any disciplinary proceeding or decision taken by the BCCI is independent to any criminal proceeding and has no bearing".

On the other hand, the question before the BCCI Disciplinary Committee was whether the petitioner was guilty of match-fixing, corruption and gambling and violation of the internal disciplinary rules of the BCCI, the board had said.

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