26 October, 2020

Working On Technical Flaws

As Sree Santh gets a clean chit, other banned cricketers hope to get their names cleared by the courts

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Sree Santh has got a court reprieve while Ajit Chandila (top) and Ankeet Chavan (below) hope for a pardon from the BCCI
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Working On Technical Flaws

For banned Indian cricketers, the wheel of destiny has turned a full circle, which will enable them to join the mainstream sport. Since 2000, when the Hansie Cronje match-fixing sca­ndal broke out and led to the BCCI banning four players following a CBI report, a total of 15 players have been banned for various periods for their alleged involvement in three different match or spot-fixing-related episodes. Out of these, ten have either completed punishment periods or their bans have been quashed by courts of law. Recently, the Kerala High Court quashed the life ban on former India fast bowler Sree Santh, who is now 34. He thus joined Mohammed Azharuddin (life ban), Ajay Sharma (life ban) and Ajay Jadeja (five-year ban), who have all won court battles against the BCCI after being banned in 2000.

Sree Santh claims he is “perhaps” fitter than ever, but wants to play first-class cricket for a couple of seasons for Kerala and maybe represent India again. “I just wanted to clear my name. My contention is that I was never involved; I was framed. I am still...



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