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Sreesanth on SC setting aside life ban

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The Times Of India
15th March, 2019 15:36 IST

Bigg Boss 12 fame Sreesanth is finally a free man as the Supreme Court has set aside BCCI 's life ban on him for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case. In an exclusive conversation with the, the former Indian cricketer has expressed his happiness and said that he now wants to get back to playing cricket.

"The struggle has made me come out stronger and the saying when the going gets tough, the tough gets going has come true for me today. Someone asked me that how will you make your kids understand what you went through. My reply was simple I will just tell them that their dad never gave up even when the world was against him so you should never give up in life no matter how tough the situation is. I just want to send a message across to all the people that no matter how big, small you are or as long as you are walking on the right path and not guilty, it shouldn't bother you," shared Sreesanth.

A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph said the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth.

The bench passed this order on Sreesanth's plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerela High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.

Talking about his family's reaction after the verdict, Sreesanth said, "The family is extremely happy, relieved and emotional at the same time. The entire family is very happy - mom, dad, wife, nieces, nephews everyone is super happy. My kids are too young to understand it, but yes the other family members who have gone through a lot because of the match fixing allegations. Now, at last the life ban has been lifted and it is the biggest and most happiest moment of my life."

The cricketer-turned-actor now hopes to return to the field as soon as possible and considers Leander Paes as his inspiration, "Now, the real challenge would be to get back on the field. I will just not wait quietly for the BCCI orders, but will also start training hard and sensibly and wait for the right opportunity. I am just staying optimistic and I am sure everything will fall in place. I am no competition to any player, I am 36 years old now and now I am not the same superstar bowler, but one thing I know is that if Leander Paes can win Grand Slam at the age of 42-44 why can't Sreesanth play for the country and do really well. I am hopeful that I will get a chance to play cricket atleast for a cricket league or some tournament. I want to see my daughter, son and especially my wife wearing Sreesanth 26 jersey and cheering for me in the stadium with my mom and dad. It will be the happiest day of my life. I have waited for a long time, 6 years and now want to start playing as soon as possible."

Sreesanth thanked the makers of Bigg Boss for giving him a platform for showing his real self to the audience and is also grateful to the fans for their love and support, "The reality show Bigg Boss has helped in re building my image and people got to see the real Sreesanth. I will always be thankful to the show and channel for giving me the platform. I would also like to thank all my fans for have supported me throughout."

On a concluding note, Sreesanth said that he now wishes to do a lot of work through his NGO as his fans really prayed hard for him, "I have been associated with lots of NGO we have kept it a very low-profile thing. We have been building houses for the people from Kerala, now I will do much more from my side."

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