Banned Indian fast-pace bowler S. Sreesanth claimed innocence in a letter to the BCCI’s disciplinary Committee and said his confession to Police in the spot-fixing saga was under duress. ‘Under the threat of arrest of my close relatives, a statement was forcibly taken in the manner directed by the police,’ said Sreesanth, who was banned for life after being found guilty of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL 6) in an internal inquiry conducted by the Board’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit chief Ravi Sawani. ‘There is no confession recorded by me willingly to the police. The police have mentally and physically harassed me and obtained signed statements.’ ( read more: ‘My confession to police was under duress: Sreesanth’ – Hindu Newspaper dt Sept 16, 2013)
A gifted sportsman like Sreesanth squandering his talent is always cause for regret, no matter the manner in which he does so. The life ban handed out to Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) means that a pace bowler who had all pre-requisites to succeed — and yet could not quite manage to do so consistently — will now never have the opportunity to fulfill his promise.
Neither will Mumbai spinner Ankeet Chavan, also given a life ban, and in all likelihood, Gujarat player Amit Singh too ; time will run out for Amit Singh, by the time his five year ban ends.
Oh ! What a waste of talent because of a betting scandal !