Kochi, Aug 7: The Kerala High Court on Monday lifted the life ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on discarded Indian pacer S. Sreesanth.
Sreesanth had approached the court last year after the BCCI failed to revoke the life ban though he was exonerated by a Delhi court of the charge of involvement in a spot-fixing scandal, which marred the Indian Premier League in 2013.
Sreesanth had to cool his heels in Tihar Central Jail in Delhi in May 2013 in the case. He was arrested by the Delhi Police in Mumbai on May 17 that year along with former Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.
The BCCI's Discipliry Committee headed by present Union Fince Minister Arun Jaitley had slapped a life-time ban on Sreesanth and Chavan on September 13, 2013.
Sreesanth was present in the High Court when it gave the verdict, and asserted that he is noew determined kick-start his cricket career. "I am thankful to all who stood with me in my period of distress. Now I will have to display my match fitness. I have a few club tourments that are coming up. I will use these matches to regain my fitness. Once I prove my worth, then I will aim for selection to the Kerala team," the 34-year-old said. "Right now I am not thinking of getting selected to the Indian team, as I have to regain my fitness," he said, adding "I want to thank all the people who stood with me."
His mother thanked the God for the positive verdict and said this was what they were all waiting for long to hear.IANS