Sreesanth is not allowed to play in any country cricket match : BCCI
Sreesanth is not allowed to play in any country cricket match
President of BCCI CK Khanna has made it clear on Friday that fast bowler S Sreesanth cannot play for any country as per rules of ICC. Sreesanth has hinted that he may play for another country following the Kerala High Court order to uphold his lifetime ban earlier in the day.
“Any player banned by his parent body cannot play for any other country, ICC rules very clear,” Khanna said. “Rules, regulations and the legal position is quite clear.”
Sreesanth was banned for life following allegations of spot-fixing during an Indian Premier League match in 2013.
After considering an appeal filed by BCCI, a division bench of the high court on Tuesday set aside the single bench’s verdict.In an interview with Asianet News, Sreesanth has hinted that since BCCI has banned him from playing in India and it’s a “private firm”, he has the freedom to play cricket for any other country.
“BCCI has imposed the ban, not ICC. If not India, I can play for any other country, because of 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. So, if I play for any other country, it probably may be the same. Yes, representing Kerala in Ranji Trophy is different. I had hoped to win Ranji Trophy, Irani for Kerala, but the decision rests upon the BCCI,” Sreesanth said in the interview on the sidelines of a public event in Dubai.