news Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 05:30
  On the evening of July 25, the Patiala House court in Delhi exonerated cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case. "I want to play cricket again and I wish that the BCCI gives me permission to use the facility to get fit again. I went through a lot of troubles. I am just waiting to bowl those outswingers," Sreesanth told reporters soon after coming out of the court. Though the BCCI has maintained that the ban shall remain for now, support coming in from all quarters, especially for Sreesanth, which may force the cricket administrative body to reconsider their stand soon. Here's a list of prominent figures who have come out in support of Sreesanth. 1) Oommen Chandy Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that BCCI should lift the ban on Sreesanth now that the court has dropped all charges against him.  "On what ground can they impose the ban?" he said while adding that the Kerala government will discuss it with his colleagues and write to the BCCI. 2) K N Raghavan Former international cricket umpire K N Raghavan has always supported Sreesanth throughout the ordeal. According to a report in Daily O, the former umpire said "He is the John McEnroe of Indian cricket. People see his behaviour on the field and automatically assume that is the way he is in real life.'' 3) T C Mathew and Kerala Cricket Association BCCI vice president and Kerala Cricket Association president T.C.Mathew was perhaps one of the happiest people with the judgement as he described it as "the best news to have come." He added that the KCA will ask the BCCI to revoke the life ban. "As a person known to me well, many had doubts that there was some deliberate attempt against Sreesanth. We will give him full support for his return to cricket. This is a belated exoneration," said Mathew. 4) Virender Sehwag Virendra Sehwag in 2014, had backed Sreesanth saying that after seeing him plead in front of everyone, he was sure that he would be proven innoncent. "He (Sreesanth) is confident that he didn't do anything wrong so I hope the court gives verdict in favour of him," a Sportskeeda report quotes him as saying. 5) Tinu Yohannan Writing for Manorama, Tinu wrote that he was happy to hear that Sreesanth has been acquitted by the court. "But a doubt remains. Who is held accountable for stamping innocent sportspersons as criminals and pushing them into infamy?" he asked. "It is not rare to accuse someone and then acquitting him in a court. In this case, however, the process wasted two years of a star who could contribute immensely to Indian cricket. The damage to his reputation was an even bigger loss. Who will account for these losses when the court finds him innocent?" he added. 6) N S Madhavan   A slap on ex-top cop, Delhi, Neeraj Kumar, who foisted a trophy case to wash away Nirbhaya stains. But harm is done, can #Sreesanth return? — N.S. Madhavan (@NSMlive) July 25, 2015 On a day when many are planning to boycott Kerala for culling dogs, at least one Kerala underdog, #Sreesanth gets life. — N.S. Madhavan (@NSMlive) July 25, 2015 Will someone start a petition addressed to BCCI chief, to sack Neeraj Kumar, their anti-corruption chief? Some justice to #Sreesanth &othrs. — N.S. Madhavan (@NSMlive) July 25, 2015 #Sreesanth is new Nambi Narayanan. — N.S. Madhavan (@NSMlive) July 25, 2015 The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium at Kaloor, owned by the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) has also opened its doors and said that the cricketer can practice there.  Sreesanth also mentioned that he received support from players in private. “Lot of support came, but not publicly. A few cricketers and politicians extended their support... But then, had I been in their place, I would have done the same thing. I am very thankful that they believed in me. I will not lose that faith.” Read - Explainer: Why BCCI can continue to ban Sreesanth & Co even though court dropped charges    
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