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BCCI rubbishes Sreesanth’s ‘empty talk’ of playing ‘for another country’

Hindustan Times logo Hindustan Times 21-10-2017

Sreesanth, whose life ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was restored by the Kerala High Court, has hinted he might spend the rest of his career playing for another country.

Sreesanth pointed out that the ICC had not banned him and was therefore free to play for any other country.

S. Sreesanth et al. posing for the camera © Provided by Hindustan Times

“BCCI has imposed the ban, not ICC. If not India, I can play for any other country because I am 34 now and I can only play for maximum six more years. As a person who loves cricket, I want to play cricket. 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.

On Tuesday, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had restored the life time ban imposed by the BCCI on Sreesanth in connection with the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal.

Empty talk

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said Sreesanth is indulging in empty talk by saying he can play for any other country.

Chaudhary said the ICC is very clear that any player who is banned by any full member can neither play for any other full member nor for any other association.

The BCCI acting secretary added that all this is just empty talk and that the BCCI is very well aware of their legal position.

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