Sreesanth's ban reduced to seven years; Will end next August

BCCI had imposed a ban on S Sreesanth in 2013 along with his then Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan

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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman DK Jain has ordered for S Sreesanth's ban to be reduced to seven years, which will conclude in August 2020. 

The BCCI had imposed the ban back in 2013 after Sreesanth's alleged involvement in spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

The former fast bowler will be 37 years of age by the time the ban ends next year and he'll be eligible to play professional cricket as well as be allowed to be associated with the sport as a coach or mentor or TV commentator/expert in the future. The order will now be put in front of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) in the next meeting, who are expected to give the go-ahead to BCCI to lift Sreesanth’s ban.

DK Jain said, 

I am of the view that banning Sreesanth from participating in any kind of commercial cricket or from associating with any activities of BCCI or its affiliates, for a period of 7 years with effect from September 13, 2013. The date from which, the period of ban imposed by the Disciplinary Committee had commenced, will meet the ends of justice.

The BCCI banned Sreesanth for life along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, for indulging in alleged spot-fixing in the IPL that year. 

Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 One-day Internationals and 10 T20 Internationals, picking up 169 wickets.

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