Nearly eight years after he was handed a life-ban for spot-fixing, former India pacer fast bowler S Sreesanth is all set to return to competitive cricket as he has been named in Kerala’s squad for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will kickstart the Indian domestic season which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The T20 tournament will get underway from January 10 in Mumbai.
Sreesanth was handed a life ban in 2013 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged role in Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal. His life-ban was reduced to seven years upon revision in 2019 which officially ended in September this year following which he had expressed his desire to play domestic cricket again.
Sreesanth took to his official Twitter handle and posted a video of him getting the cap and thanked all his fans for the support.
“There is nothing stronger than a broken man, who has rebuilt himself. Thanks a lot for all the support and love.”
A Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) official said Sanju Samson will lead the Kerala team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T/20 Tournament. Sachin Baby is his deputy.
Apart from Sreesanth, Samson and Baby, the other players in the squad are Basil Thampi, Jalaj Saxena, Robin Uthappa, Vishnu Vinod, Salman Nizar, Nidheesh M D and Asif K M.
Sreesanth last played cricket for India 2011 and has participated in 27 Tests, 53 ODIs, and 10 T20Is, bagging 169 wickets in total. Sreesanth also played for three IPL franchises: Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and Rajasthan Royals. He was part of India’s squad that won the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the 2011 World Cup at home.
Sreesanth has also expressed his desire to represent India again in the 2023 ODI World Cup at home.
“It is true that it is the kind of age when there is nothing much left to achieve in sports. But then, someone like Leander Paes won a grand slam at 42. Roger Federer is another case in point,” Sreesanth had told Times of India.