Sreesanth's life ban to be reconsidered

The life ban handed to Indian fast bowler Sreesanth for his alleged role in a 2013 spot fixing scandal at the IPL has been 'set aside', with the length of a new ban to be determined most likely within the next three months.

Sreesanth received the ban after his alleged role in fixing a match against Kings XI Punjab during the 2013 IPL. A taped conversation suggested that he had 'agreed to concede 14 runs or more in the second over' of his spell in exchange for INR 10 lakh.

However, lawyer Salman Khurshid recently argued that the penalty was 'excessive and maximum', and that Sreesanth deserved a ban of no more than five years for his role in the incident. What the length of the ban will be after it is reevaluated, however, is not yet clear, but given he has already served close to six years, a ban of the length proposed by his lawyer would see him eligible for an immediate return.

Further helping the cause of the fast bowler has been the way he has conducted himself in the face of the allegations, and the fact that he didn't immediately challenge the ban. With the possibility of the life ban being uplifted, Sreesanth spoke recently, saying that the decision by the Supreme Court has given him 'a lifeline', and given him a 'great opportunity' to get back on the field.

Sreesanth, now aged 36, played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is for India during his career. Presumably his international career is well and truly over, regardless of whether his ban immediately comes to an end, but domestic T20 leagues around the world have lengthened the competitive playing careers of many before him, and would likely be where he would find himself should he be given the opportunity to resume his career.

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