Asking Gambhir if he was above the Supreme Court of the country, Sreesanth said that the former India opener exceeded the boundaries of sportsmanship.
After a video of the two World Cup-winning players’ spat blew up on social media on Thursday, Sreesanth alleged that ex-India teammate Gambhir had called him a fixer and in an Instagram Live session and narrated his version of how the incident panned out.
An hour after Sreesanth went live, Gambhir, who is a BJP MP from East Delhi, posted on X a picture of himself in the Indian jersey smiling, captioning it, “Smile when the world is all about attention!”
Reacting on Gambhir’s post, Sreesanth questioned the behaviour, pointing out the usage of the F… word.
“You have exceeded the boundaries of a sportsman and a brother, and above all, you represent the people. Yet, you continue to engage in conflicts with every cricketer. What is the matter with you? All I did was smile and observe, and you labeled me a fixer? Seriously? Are you above the Supreme Court? You have no authority to speak in such a manner and say whatever you please. You even verbally abused the umpires, and yet you speak of smiling? You are an arrogant and utterly classless individual who lacks any form of respect for those who supported you. Until yesterday, I always held respect for you and your family. However, you used the derogatory term “fixer” not just once, but seven or eight times. You even resorted to using the F-word towards the umpires and myself, persistently trying to provoke me. Anyone who has experienced what I have endured would never forgive you. Deep down, you know that what you said and did was wrong. Im sure even God wont forgive you. You didn’t even come to the field aftwr that..Come on, God is watching everything,” Sreesanth commented on Gambhir’s post.
Sreesanth was handed a life ban by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee due to his alleged involvement in the IPL 2013 spot fixing scandal. However, the ban was reduced to seven years in 2019 by the Supreme court of India.
The league official on Thursday got into action after the incident, saying that they will conduct an ‘internal investigation’ on the matter.
“Legends League Cricket strives to uphold the spirit of cricket and sportsmanship and will conduct an internal investigation on the violation of the code of conduct. Any misconduct that has occurred both on and off the field including on social media platforms will be dealt with strictly,” said Syed Kirmani, head of code of conduct & ethics committee, LLC in a statement on Thursday.
“The code of conduct has clearly stated that necessary action will be taken against players that bring disrepute to the league, the spirit of the game and the teams that they are representing.
“We make our stand very clear and continue to work towards sharing the game with millions of cricketing lovers across the nation and world,” added the former India wicket-keeping great.
(With inputs from PTI)Watch Sreesanth calls Gautam Gambhir Mr. Fighter, says he does not respect senior players