New Delhi, Sept 15 IBNS | 2 years ago

Former Test pacer S. Sreesanth will challenge the BCCI's (Board of Control for Cricket in India) decision of banning him for life from playing cricket, in court, media reports said.

According to his lawyer Rebecca John, the BCCI's decision was "bizzare" and "against the principles of natural justice".

According to a release by Sanjay Patel Hony. Secretary, BCCI, the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI, comprising N. Srinivasan, Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah, enquiring into the allegations of match-fixing against certain players, held a hearing on Friday at Hotel ITC Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi.

The BCCI anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani earlier had found four Rajasthan Royals players - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and Amit Singh- guilty of spot-fixing during this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.

After considering the evidence on record and hearing each of the players in person, the Disciplinary Committee, banned Sreesanth for life from playing any representative Cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.

Ankeet Chavan too has been banned for life.

Interestingly, BCCI President N Srinivasan, who was forced to step aside due to the involvement of his own son-in-law in the IPL scandal, was a part of the Board's Disciplinary Committee meeting that decided the fate of the cricketers.

The lid was blown off the IPL scam after Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan - were arrested along with 11 bookies from Mumbai on May 16 for their role in spot-fixing in the ongoing tournament.

(Posted on 15-09-2013)