If we assume that the players punished are guilty in the IPL spot-fixing case, then the first phase has ended satisfactorily. The BCCI must be congratulated on the unsentimental and largely crime-fitting punishments that have been handed out to S Sreesanth and company (although it is possible that Amit Singh, cricketer and bookie, might have got away with a mere five-year ban).
But we have been here before. Over a decade ago. And that case involved a player whose profile was even higher - he was an India captain no less. He too was banned for life. But it was a case that failed to stand a court's scrutiny. The Andhra Pradesh High Court while lifting the ban on Mohammad Azharuddin made the point that the BCCI had not made out a good enough case. The Board swallowed the insult and did not bother to challenge the ruling.
All of which is a slightly roundabout way of leading to the question that asks itself. Will the Sreesanth case hold up in a court of law?