The Court has directed the disciplinary committee of BCCI to take a decision on the quantum of punishment within three month period starting 15 March. Therefore, Sreesanth's fate will now be decided by Justice (retd) DK Jain, recently appointed for the job. Its six years and I haven't played cricket, which was my life.
February 5, 2018: The Supreme Court issues notice to the BCCI to respond within four weeks to the petition filed by Sreesanth.
He said there were allegations that Rs 10 lakh was paid to Sreesanth for conceding 14 runs in his second over in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab at Mohali in May 2013.
The bench passed this order on Sreesanth's plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI. On September 13, 2013, BCCI was found Sreesanth guilty on all the three counts - corruption, betting and bringing disrepute to the game - and imposed the lifetime ban on him.
Sreesanth challenged the verdict and later also participated in Colors' controversial show Bigg Boss 12, wherein he claimed and expressed his innocence and his will to play for his country.
The Supreme Court made it clear its order will not impact the criminal proceedings now pending against Sreesanth in the Delhi High Court.
S Sreesanth can finally take a sigh of relief as his lifetime ban on playing cricket on the fields has been lifted by the apex court of India. However, the court did point out an anomaly in the BCCI verdict, that the disciplinary committee did not "advert to the aggravating and mitigating factors" as listed under its code. Keeping that in mind, the court said the BCCI ought to review its original sanction on the player. The apex court, in its ruling, further said that the 35-year-old cricketer should be given an opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of the punishment.