Sreesanth returns to cricket after 7 years long ban – named in the probable list for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Former Indian bowler S Sreesanth returns to cricket once again. Sreesanth’s name is included in major Indian cricket players as he was in the Indian national cricket team as a right-arm fast-medium-pace bowler and a right-handed tail-ender batsman and he has played at the international level.
In 2013, Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates were arrested for spot-fixing in the IPL 6. The next day, the police said that Sreesanth confessed to his crimes but he has always maintained that he was innocent and his confession was coerced. Following this, he was banned from Cricket for life by the BCCI, however, in August 2019, this ban was reduced to seven years meaning he is free to play cricket again.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Sreesanth’s name has been included in the Kerala squad for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament. Sreesanth has been included in the 26-member probable list selected by the Kerala Cricket Association. BCCI will start domestic cricket in the country from 10 January 2021 which has all been postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic, out of which the Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy is the first to be held.
During his ban, Sreesanth has been in the public eye. He worked in some films as well as many reality TV shows, quite notably a dance TV show ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’ and ‘Bigg Boss 12’.
This list by Kerala Cricket Association has the name of many veteran players like Sanju Samson, Sachin Baby, Jalaj Saxena, Robin Uthappa, and Basil Thampi. According to sources, he will participate in the team camp to be held from 20 to 30 December. Just a month ago, he was selected for a team in the T20 series organized by Kerala Cricket Association. However, the event still needs the okay from the state government.
Sreesanth was part of the Indian cricket team both times when they lifted the World Cup. He last represented the Indian team in 2011 before his ban in 2013. After a long gap of seven years, his ban ended on 13 September this year and he was eligible to play again.