New Delhi: Banned cricketer S Sreesanth has targeted Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players in the infamous Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case. Tainted pacer also accused the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of shielding several cricketers who were involved in spot-fixing.
In an interview to a Republic news channel, Sreesanth has alleged that several players who were involved in a spot-fixing scandal in IPL are still playing in the league and also for the country. The Kerala cricketer also wondered why was he specifically targetted and being made a scapegoat.
Sreesanth said that there are many people who were named by the Delhi police in their report but are still playing international cricket.
“So many names were taken during interrogation. I won’t take names but Delhi Police named them,” said Sreesanth.
“Names were taken of players who are still playing for many countries. What about them? During the probe, cops dropped one name after the other… yes, some of them are still playing for the country,” Sreesanth added further.
He then asked, “Teams like CSK and Rajasthan Royals (RR) banned only for two years… Why weren’t players from CSK questioned?”
Earlier, the BCCI ended Sreesanth’s cricket career by invoking International Cricket Council (ICC) rules to declare that he cannot play for another country following the Kerala High Court order which upheld the lifetime ban imposed by the cricket board.
Prior to that, Sreesanth had hinted at the possibility of playing up for another country. He had said that “BCCI has imposed the ban, not ICC”.
A division bench of the court said that it cannot conduct a judicial review of the life ban imposed by the board and therefore upheld the appeal.
Sreesanth was accused of being involved in the spot-fixing during IPL 2013 while he was playing for the franchise Rajasthan Royals. The right-arm fast-medium bowler played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is for India, taking 87, 75 and 7 wickets respectively.