A Delhi court has dismissed the charges against former India pacer S Sreesanth, left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan and off-spinner Ajit Chandila in 2013 spot-fixing scandal, in a verdict that will wipe off the two-year long blame on these players. The evidence furnished was insufficient, said the court.
All three players were arrested by the Delhi police and were jailed during the investigation, while Sreesanth and Chavan have been banned for life to play cricket by the BCCI after the scandal. The verdict comes just a week after the Lodha panel verdict that led to the ban of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from playing the IPL for two years.
The trio were in tears in the court when the verdict was delivered in their favour. “I am feeling happy at the moment and hope that I start training soon. I hope to get permission from the BCCI to start using the training facilities soon… God has been extremely kind,” said Sreesanth outside the court.
“I am born to play cricket,” he said, but the BCCI reaction for now has been that the trio will not be back immediately. It means the case may even move to the higher court now.
Chavan said, “So far I just know that I have been given a discharge and now I am looking forward to play cricket. So let’s see how it goes. I am taking it step by step. It was tough for me as a cricketer. It was a tough time but I got through with support from family and friends. I am sure I will be back to cricket again.”