Out of favor Indian fast bowler, Sreesanth has been away from the gentleman’s game for 7 years. The veteran pacer found guilty in the 2013 IPL season for his match-fixing allegations. After being linked with a string of controversies, the pacer was banned for life by the BCCI.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India didn’t show any sign of mercy for the pacer as he brought shame to the sport. However, cricket’s life took a U-turn after the ban was reduced to 7 years.
Sreesanth’s last match appearance came versus Kings XI Punjab while playing for Rajasthan Royals during the league stage match in March 2013. After the game, the likes of Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by the Delhi Police on spot-fixing charges.
After being banned from the sport for these many years, his suspension finally ended on September 13, Sunday. Sreesanth breathed a sigh of relief after coming out from the dark zone. The fast bowler firmly believes that he still has up to seven years of cricket left in him.
Sreesanth to make a comeback
Sreesanth can’t wait to make a comeback to cricket now. Earlier, Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) expressed its interest to have him in their camp. Even a reliable source in the KCA had earlier stated that Sreesanth could feature for Kerala this season.
The advanced talks and communication between Sreesanth and KCA were over. Earlier, the state officials had held discussions with Sreesanth over his training and fitness. After the meeting, it was learned that Sreesanth is keen to play the game.
In sensational development, the veteran pacer is all set to make a grand comeback in Kerala’s President Cup T20 tournament. Sreesanth has a very good chance at restarting his international career through President Cup.
The fast bowling prodigy made his debut for India in 2005. He represented the Indian cricket team in 27 tests, 53 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. His last international match appearance came against England at the Kennington Oval in 2011.
Kerala Cricket Association President Varghese spoke highly of Sreensath. Varghese added that the veteran fast bowler will be a major attraction in the tournament. Furthermore, he said that they are pretty much thrilled to see him play.
Not just KCA, the whole nation is looking forward to seeing Sreensath in cricketing action. “Yes, definitely. Sreesanth will be an attraction, and we’re excited to see him play,” KCA President Varghese added in a statement.
Varghese also gave some insight on the final schedule of the T20 tournament. During the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, players will be in a bio-secure environment. “Every player will be in a bio-bubble in one hotel in Alappuzha,” he told Sportstar.
Kerala’s President T20 Cup tournament is all set to go all guns blazing in December. “We are looking at the first week of December. Just waiting for the Kerala government’s clearance now,” Varghese added.