Former Indian fast bowler, S Sreesanth has opened up on what he feels about going forward with the Indian National Cricket Team in the foreseeable future. The BCCI banned him for life in August 2013 along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for indulging in alleged spot-fixing in the IPL that year. But on March 15 2019, the Supreme Court set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee’s order.
But, in an order passed on August 7 by the former BCCI Ombudsman Justice (retired) D.K. Jain, he said that Sreesanth’s ban will end in 2020, as he has served a seven-year ban from 2013.
This makes him eligible to play all forms of cricket from September this year and now he has opened up on what he feels about his future with the senior national side.
Sreesanth Opens Up On His ‘Realistic Chance’ With Indian Cricket Team
On being asked if he thinks he still has a realistic chance of representing India again, Sreesanth said, “Realistically no, but as my father told me which I will always follow ‘never give up as long as you’re breathing’. I never believed in being realistic, from a small state called Kerala (not much history of great cricketers who represented India). I always believed I will play for India and win a World Cup and it happens as the bible says ‘This too shall pass’. Miracles happen every moment, believe.”
Spot Fixing Controversy A Stain For Indian Cricket
The 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting case arose when the Delhi Police arrested three cricketers, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, on the charges of alleged spot-fixing. The three represented the Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 Indian Premier League.
In July 2015, all three of them were cleared of all the charges after they were found not guilty by the Patiala House Courts. However, in January 2016, Chandila was given a life ban from all forms of cricket by the BCCI. In March 2019, the Supreme Court lifted the life ban imposed by BCCI on Sreesanth.
Over the years, Sreesanth felt frustrated but as of now, he has a sigh of relief following a length ban.