The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and asked the cricket body to reconsider his plea within three months.
Party allowing the appeal by Sreesanth, a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan directed the BCCI to decide afresh on the point of the quantum of punishment given to Sreesanth.
"I need cricket back, I do not think it will take BCCI 90 days to make the decision but I am grateful that the life ban has been removed. I fought my battle all by myself. My practice is going on and the road ahead totally depends on the selectors," Sreesanth told reporters after the verdict.
"It was a huge fight and the Supreme Court has given me a lifeline. I have started staying fit to play the game, thanks to the T20 and T10 leagues, I can still earn my bread and butter somewhere," he said.
"I am not bothered by my fitness as I am inspired by Leander Paes and Ashish Nehra, they both kept on playing even after reaching the age of 36. I just hope BCCI does not announce their decision on the 90th day, I hope they do it in a couple of weeks time," Sreesanth said.
The cricketer was absent when the verdict was pronounced by the apex court. Sreesanth's father-in-law was present in the courtroom when the order came.
Sreesanth was involved in the spot-fixing scandal in 2013 when he used to play for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi Police for their involvement in the scandal.
Upon investigation, the 36-year-old bowler was found guilty by the BCCI and the board had imposed a life ban on the cricketer.
The cricketer challenged the BCCI's decision in the Kerala High Court which upheld the life ban.
Sreesanth then moved the apex court, pleading that the high court verdict be set aside.