It is on this day (13th September 2020) that Sreesanth’s long wait has finally come to an end. Sreesanth’s seven-year ban from all forms of cricket has come to a close, making him eligible to get back on the playing field. Following the historical day from his perspective, the 37-year old speedster has reacted on the same.
The BCCI imposed a life ban on Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of IPL. Along with the Kerala-born cricketer, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan faced a life ban on August 2013 for allegedly indulging in wrong-doings. However, the BCCI ombudsman reduced Sreesanth’s ban to seven years, facilitating his prohibition to come to a close on 13th September 2020.
Sreesanth highlighted that he has the freedom to play again, which he was keen to attain since long. He added that it’s a massive relief and expects none to understand what it means to him. Sreesanth, who was part of India’s 2007 T20 World Cup winning squad and 2011 squad, has expressed his desire to play the next 50-over World Cup in India.
“I have got freedom, freedom to play again. It’s a massive relief. It’s a massive relief. I don’t think anyone else will understand what it means to me,” the Kerala speedster told Times of India.
“I can play again but there is no place to play in the country now” : Sreesanth
The veteran paceman further said that after a lengthy wait, he could not wait to get back in action; however, the circumstances do not permit. With the COVID-19 cases spiralling, there remains no hope of organising a tournament in Kochi this week. The risks involved are enormous at this point.
“After a long wait, I can play again but there is no place to play in the country now. I even planned to organise a local tournament in Kochi this week so that I could step on to the field but decided against it looking at the risks involved, as the number of coronavirus cases in Kerala is increasing,” he added.