`Banned` Sreesanth hints he might play for another country

If not India I’d like to play for another country’ Sreesanth after reimposition of life ban

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From then, Sreesanth was verbally challenging the BCCI to remove the ban and asked why they were only taking actions on him and not giving out the names of other 13 cricketers who were also involved.

Sreesanth was caught up in a controversy over betting and spot fixing in the Indian Preemier League (IPL) along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajith Chandila in 2013.

A single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had overturned the ban on September 18 only for the BCCI to have it restored following an appeal.

So, he has come out and threatened to "play from other country".

DNA has learnt that Sreesanth did make any attempt in the past to play in the Scottish League, but BCCI refused to give any kind of permission that is required by ICC administered bodies.

Sreesanth had claimed that he still had six years of cricket left in him and that he would be looking at options elsewhere after the Kerala High Court had reinstated the ban imposed by the BCCI for his alleged role in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. "And not only that, BCCI is a private firm; it is only us who say that this is the Indian team, but you know BCCI is a private body after all", said Sreesanth in an event in Dubai. He might get to play for another country as there have been other Indian players who went on to play for a country other than India.

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BCCI's acting president CK Khanna stressed that there is no room for a player banned by his country's cricket board to play for another country.

"Yes, representing Kerala in Ranji Trophy is different. I had hoped to win Ranji Trophy, Irani for Kerala, but the decision rests up on the BCCI", he had said. Notably, Sreesanth had approached the BCCI to let him play club cricket in Scotland, but his request was turned down earlier this year, after which he sought the court's intervention over his ban.

BCCI argued that the criminal proceedings initiated by the Delhi Police against the cricketer had no bearing on its own investigation.

Allowing the appeal filed by the BCCI, the division bench headed by Chief Justice held that there is no violation of natural justice against the cricketer and quashed the single bench order in Sreesanth's favour.

Sreesanth reacted to the court's decision, by tweeting "the worst decision ever".

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