Former Indian professional cricketer, Uday Joshi’s son Aakash, said today,

“We are devastated by the Court of Appeal’s decision to refuse my father’s Appeal against conviction. My father is overwhelmed by the tremendous support he has received, particularly from India and from his former Sussex County Cricket Club team-mates. Over 800 people have put their names to my father’s on-line petition. These include some household names from the cricket world.”

Michael Madden, solicitor, said today,

“As Mr Joshi’s legal representatives we shall carefully consider today’s written judgement by the Court of Appeal in order to determine whether there can be any further legal remedy to seek to restore Mr Joshi’s name. Mr Joshi has always robustly denied the allegations.”

Uday Joshi was convicted on 3 February 2012 of sexual offences allegedly committed in 1979 while he was employed as a professional at Woodvale Cricket Club.