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Sreesanth approaches court as BCCI drags foot

Former Indian pacer wishes to play in Scotland League

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Sreesanth sought the intervention of the court since BCCI, despite the court lifting the ban, has not given him a NOC.
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Kochi: Former Indian pace bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, who on August 7 got a huge boost when the Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), approached the court on Friday asking for relief as the BCCI still has not acted in the matter.

Sreesanth in his petition sought the immediate intervention of the court saying that he wished to travel to play in the Scotland League and the BCCI, despite the court lifting the ban, has not given him a no objection certificate (NOC) to be submitted to the Scottish cricket authorities.

He said the Scotland League has reached its last leg and any more delay could be hugely detrimental to his chances.

The court will take up his petition on Monday.

Since his arrest in 2013, Sreesanth had his first outing on a cricket pitch on August 15 when he led a local team in an exhibition match in Kochi.

The now 34-year-old, along with two other players, was exonerated in 2015 by a Delhi court in the case registered by Delhi Police, who invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), but the BCCI Disciplinary Committee headed by current federal finance minister Arun Jaitley slapped a life ban on Sreesanth.

Following this, he approached the Kerala HC, which on August 7 lifted the life ban.

Even though the Kerala High Court has lifted the ban, the BCCI has decided to go in appeal against the single bench verdict.

Sreesanth played in 27 Tests taking 87 wickets, and picked up 75 scalps from 53 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and seven wickets from 10 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).