Sreesanth pointed out that the BCCI had banned him from playing in India, not ICC and, therefore, he is free to play for any other country.
"BCCI has imposed the ban, not ICC. If not India, I can play for any other country, because am 34 now and I can only play for maximum six more years. As a person who loves cricket, I want to play cricket. And not only that, BCCI is a private firm; it is only us who say that this is the Indian team, but you know BCCI is a private body after all," said Sreesanth.
Any player banned by his parent body cannot play for any other country, ICC rules very clear: BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna on Sreesanth pic.twitter.com/YOEgBhyHkO— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2017
The BCCI acting secretary has however said that any player banned by any full member can neither play for any other full member nor for any other association.
All this is just an empty talk. We know our legal position: Amitabh Choudhary, BCCI on Sreesanth saying he can play for any other country— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2017
Amitabh Choudhary of BCCI said that Sreesanth was indulging in empty talk and the board knew its legal position.
Any player banned by any full member can neither play for any other full member nor for any other association: BCCI acting Secy on Sreesanth— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2017
A division bench of the Kerala HC had on Tuesday restored the life-time ban on Sreesanth imposed by the BCCI in 2013. The decision came as a major setback for the fast bowler who called it the worst decision ever and questioned the inclusion of Chennai Superkings and Rajasthan Royals in IPL.
Earlier, Kerala High Court in August lifted the ban imposed on him by BCCI during 2013 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case. Sreesanth was charged alongside two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, for spot-fixing in IPL-6.