Corruption affected Sreesanth’s career: Shekhawat

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Nov 2017 12:40:49

Staff Reporter,

At a press conference organised here, banned cricketer S Sreesanth’s father-in-law, who is also the Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Board, Hirendra Singh Shekhawat alleged that the life ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on pacer S Sreesanth is totally unfair and by all means the family will challenge it in Supreme Court.

Shekhawat said, “The cricketer is under tremendous pressure and has all faith in the system but due to corrupt practices in cricket by decision makers, talented cricketers from small places are always suppressed”. Without naming anyone in particular, he said that it is his moral responsibility to support Sreesanth in the hour of crisis. S Sreesanth was slapped a life ban by the BCCI in 2015 after the Kerala pacer was charged with corruption during the 2013 Indian Premier League. Sreesanth was charged with spot-fixing while playing for Rajasthan Royals. Lifetime ban came as a big blow to the 34-year-old who was planning to play Ranji Trophy for Kerala.

Hirendra Singh Shekhawat said that it is total injustice that a cricket player is being used as bait in the corrupt system. A lifetime ban has brought not only his but also the entire family’s morale down. He further said if it is proved that Sreesanth is responsible for match fixing then he deserves such kind of treatment. But here the issue is that Sreesanth is just been used as bait by BCCI to use as an example for zero tolerance policy. Chennai Super Kings, and Rajasthan Royals, former IPL champions, will be back in IPL 2018. Both teams were banned earlier for two years after their team owners were caught for betting on IPL matches. Shekhawat, whose father Guman Singh had worked as a RSS volunteer, said that Sreesanth’s father Santhakumaran was a communist leader while his cousin Dr T N Seema is CPI(M) MP in Rajya Sabha from Kerala. In spite of this Sreesanth showed interest in joining BJP because of political inclination towards the party.

Sreesanth’s cordial ties with BJP government is only for political reasons and by no means any member in family have used their influence. But it is unfortunate that his ties with BJP government is being used against him by corrupt people with vested interest which affected his personal and professional life adversely.