New Delhi: In a big relief to Sreesanth, the Supreme Court has lifted the lifetime ban imposed on the Kerala pacer by the BCCI and has urged the disciplinary committee of the Indian cricket board to review the quantum of punishment that was imposed in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing scandal which erupted in the Indian Premier League. A bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked the BCCI to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment given to Sreesanth. The former Kerala cricketer will get opportunity to be heard by BCCI’s disciplinary committee on quantum of punishment. Sreesanth, who had a high-volt career going, landed in the most muddled situation when the IPL spot-fixing scandal hit him hard along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and a lifetime ban on the players was imposed by the BCCI. Once considered as one of the finest pace bowlers in the Indian cricket team, Sreesanth along with 36 others were accused in the spot-fixing case. All other players were let off by a Patiala House Court judgment in July 2015. Despite this, BCCI refused to lift the ban on Sreesanth that left him scarred deeply. Speaking about the verdict, Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai said the issue will be taken up in the next meeting. “Yes, I have heard about the Supreme Court order. We will need to get the copy of the order. We will definitely take up the issue at the COA meeting,” rai told PTI. The CoA is scheduled to meet on March 18 to discuss the anti-doping policy of the Board with the International Cricket Council officials. The issue of Sreesanth’s ban might come up among the CoA on that day.BCCI acting president CK Khanna made it clear that it will be completely CoA’s call as the onus is on it to implement the Supreme Court order.”This is a Supreme Court order and obviously a call needs to be taken. I am confident that the issue will come up for serious deliberation at the next COA meeting. As far as Sreesanth being brought back to mainstream cricket, I have no comment to make,” Khanna said. Former BCCI vice-president and Kerala CA senior official TC Matthew, someone who has seen Sreesanth as a youngster, “welcomed the verdict”.”I am very happy for Sreesanth. He has lost six most precious years of his life. I don’t think even if the ban is lifted he can play first-class cricket. But obviously if the BCCI lifts his ban after the SC verdict, he can have an alternate career in cricket, whatever that is. He can be a coach, mentor, may be take up professional umpiring, play club cricket in England,” Matthew said. Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals players were banned for life over alleged involvement in betting and spot-fixing following a 2013 scandal in the Indian Premier League. Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested along with scores of bookies as part of a probe into allegations that players had under-performed in return for cash. Criminal charges were later dropped, but the players remained banned for breaching the BCCI’s code of conduct. The Kerala High Court in 2017 acquitted Sreesanth for lack of proof and the court ruling, Sreesanth had hoped to get his career back on track and represent India at the next World Cup in 2019.But the BCCI official said: “We don’t agree with the order. It definitely needs to be challenged and within a week the appeal would be filed in the Kerala High Court. highlights Sreesanth’s life time ban by the BCCI has been lifted by the Supreme Court.Sreesanth was acquitted by the Kerala High Court for lack of proof in 2017.The spot-fixing scandal erupted in the 2013 Indian Premier League. In an episode of Bigg Boss in 2018, while being acquitted in 2015, Sreesanth said that the period was a haunting experience for him. This incident took him by shock and the cricketer found himself on the verge of depression. Falling from the great heights he achieved, the cricketer watched his career crumble to bits. This scarred the former cricketer and made him consider committing suicide at that time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe No. 3-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team scored six goals and shut out North Dakota Saturday to close out the WCHA best-of-three playoff series.After a 4-1 victory in the series opener, the Badgers were relentless in their efforts to prevent a do-or-die game three.”It was extremely important to wrap it up as soon as possible,” UW goaltender Meghan Horras said. “We didn’t want them to get any confidence, because they’re a team that can take a little bit and turn it into a lot.”After a back and forth start in the early going of Saturday’s game, UW forward Jinelle Zaugg picked up her 22nd goal of the season, snapping a five-game scoring drought. Freshman Erika Lawler and junior Sara Bauer, a finalist for the Patty Kamaier award, were credited with the assists.The second period began with a bang, as the Badgers scored two goals in just 32 seconds. At 1:32, Cyndy Kenyon added her eighth goal of the season on a top-shelf backhand, following a cross-ice pass from her new linemate Bauer. Lawler followed with her 11th goal of the year, as she picked up a drop pass from fellow freshman Tia Hanson, with the UND goaltender, senior Amber Hasbargen, nowhere in sight.”The second period was real big for us, because it kind of put the game out of reach,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “I challenged the team to come out and play like we wanted to win. It was kind of an ‘eye of the tiger’-type thing where we … let the other team know that we wanted to wrap it up and not let this thing linger on.”After the second goal, North Dakota made a personnel change and benched Hasbargen in favor of Kari Gabrielson, who was making her first collegiate appearance.While the freshman Gabrielson stopped 13 shots in the remaining 37:54, the Badgers’ offensive machine was already rolling.Senior Nikki Burish closed out the second period with her 10th goal on the year, becoming the sixth Badger to register double-digit goals this season. Wisconsin added two more goals in the third, as Lawler picked up her second of the day and junior fourth-line forward Phoebe Monteleone added her second goal of the season.The 6-0 victory was the Badgers’ 10th shutout of the season and their fourth in five games. Horras made 18 saves in the stonewalling, while capturing a school record of 17 career shutouts.”It’s always nice to get a shutout, but if I would have let in a few goals, we still would have won, and that’s what it’s all about,” Horras said. “The defense also stepped it up big, keeping shots to the perimeter and not letting the opposition walk right in or get second chances.”While Horras is the lone senior option between the pipes for UW, Johnson gave the nod to rookie Jessie Vetter in game one of the best-of-three series. The goaltenders are in an interesting situation as they continue to fight for a starting job while being expected to play at the highest level during the playoff push.”It’s something that at the beginning of the season I thought I would hate, but competing everyday keeps you on your toes and keeps you honest and working,” Horras said.Vetter was stellar on Friday, making 21 saves on 22 shots. The lone North Dakota goal came in the third period and was deflected in by a Badger forward.The freshmen production didn’t stop, as rookie Angie Keseley scored the first three goals of the 4-1 game to register the Badgers’ fourth hat trick of the season, as well as their first win of the playoffs.Keseley scored two goals in the first period, and she added another early in the third for the natural hat trick. Lawler tallied two helpers on the day and five points in the series.”You don’t know how they’re going to react in their first playoff games, but Erika [Lawler] and Angie [Keseley] have been playing real[ly] well these last few months, and maybe they’re just naive enough that they just go to the game, put the skates on and go play,” Johnson said. “Anytime you get production from young players, it’s a bonus, but … they’ve been pretty consistent all the way through, and at times they have scored big goals and provided a needed spark.”Next up for the Badgers are the WCHA semi-finals, where they will take on St. Cloud State. The last time the two teams faced off, the Huskies snapped UW’s 13-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory.”Were all pretty pumped to play,” Lawler said. “They beat us in St. Cloud, and we’ll be fired up looking for some revenge.”