Kochi: In a setback to Kerala cricketer S Sreesanth, the BCCI has reiterated in Kerala High Court that the ban imposed on the pacer in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case cannot be lifted.

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri made the stance clear while responding to the review petition filed by Sreesanth.

The previous governing body had taken a decision against lifting his ban and at the present situation does not warrant such an action, the BCCI noted.

The BCCI had arrived at this decision at a meeting involving Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) office-bearers and former KCA president and BCCI office-bearer T C Mathew. In this regard, Rahul Johri has sent an official letter to Sreesanth too.

Sreesanth had earlier approached the BCCI seeking permission to play in the Scottish cricket league. However, BCCI had denied him the NOC.

After this, the BCCI underwent an administrative overhaul and a committee headed by Vinod Rai assumed office. Optimistically, Sreesanth had submitted a review petition.

The speedster was arrested on charges of alleged spot fixing while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

Soon after his arrest, the Board of Cricket for Control in India's (BCCI) disciplinary committee came down heavily on Sreesanth, slapping a life ban on him along with others involved in the spot fixing.

In 2015, Delhi court exonerated him and two other players in the case registered by the Delhi Police.