A criminal court exonerating cricketer S Sreesanth of spot-fixing charges is not enough to lift the lifetime ban on him, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told the Kerala High Court on Tuesday (April 18).
“On the other hand, the question before the BCCI disciplinary committee was whether the petitioner is guilty of match-fixing, corruption and gambling and violation of the internal disciplinary rules of the BCCI. The standard of proof required under a penal statute is much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. Therefore, on an appreciation of the same evidence, one may not be guilty of criminal consequences but can be found guilty for violating the internal disciplinary rules of an organization,” the affidavit added.
The lifetime ban was imposed on Sreesanth on the allegation of spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that before filing the affidavit in Kerala High Court, the BCCI had informed Sreesanth that the ban on the cricketer would stay. The letter was sent by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri after Sreesanth wrote to the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) appealing for revocation of his ban.