10 years after being caught for spot-fixing, S Sreesanth booked in CHEATING case in Kerala

Sreesanth and 2 more accused are booked under IPC Section 420, regarding cheating and dishonesty.


10 years after being caught for spot-fixing, S Sreesanth booked in CHEATING case in Kerala

S Sreesanth in front of the Supreme Court in 2019 (Image via ESPN)

In 2013, S Sreesanth was caught by the Police in a spot-fixing controversy. He was caught alongside Rajasthan Royals (RR) teammates, Ajit Chandela and Ankeet Chavan. After his ban was uplifted in 2020, he returned to cricket but had no success. Now 10 years after being caught, he has found himself in legal trouble yet again. 

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The police in a northern district in Kerala has registered a case on Sreesanth and 2 more individuals. Sareesh Gopalan claimed that he gave Rs. 18.70 lakhs to the accused Rajiv Kumar and Venkatesh Kini as they said they would build a cricket academy in Kollur, Karnataka. Sreesath was also a partner in the academy. 

The three have now been booked under IPC section 420. The section deals with cheating and dishonestly including someone to deliver property. The maximum punishment is imprisonment and a fine, but it is a bailable offense. 

What has S Sreesanth done since his ban? 

After his ban from cricket, S Sreesanth started changing his career. He took part in the dance competition Jhalak Dikhla Jaa in 2014 before being eliminated. He started hosting and judging various TV shows till he made his acting debut in 2017. His first film, Aksar 2, was critically panned. He then participated in Bigg Boss and Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2018. He even won an award for his performance in the Kannada film, Kempe Gowda 2. 

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S Sreesanth in the Zim Afro T10 League (Image via ESPN)

In 2019, Sreesanth’s ban was reduced from life to just 7 years. It finished in September 2020 and the pacer was immediately selected for Kerala. Sreesanth put in his name for the 2021 IPL Auction as well, but went unsold. He played in 2021 for Kerala, before announcing his retirement in 2022. As of now, he plays in the League Legends Cricket (LLC) and is a judge in dance show, Dancing Stars. 

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