KCA set to include Sreesanth: The 37-year old fast bowler could be seen back in competitive cricket after as many as seven years.
Fast bowler Sreesanth could be seen representing his state after more than seven years as Kerala Cricket Association are reportedly set to include him in the training camp for Ranji Trophy 2020-21.
If a report in Asianet News is to be believed, KCA have decided to give the 37-year old bowler a chance after his seven-year ban will end in September this year. Having said that, the right-arm pacer is expected to pass a fitness test before the camp as he is coming on the back of a long hiatus.
A slight advantage for Sreesanth would be the fact that Kerala pacer Sandeep Warrier will represent Tamil Nadu in the forthcoming Ranji season and that the same could vacate a spot for him.
Sreesanth, who was involved in IPL 2013 spot-fixing scandal, hasn’t played a single competitive match since representing Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali during the sixth season of the Indian Premier League.
KCA set to include Sreesanth in Ranji Trophy camp
“I am really indebted to the KCA for giving me a chance. I will prove my fitness and storm back to the game. It is time for all controversies to take rest,” Sreesanth was quoted as saying by reporters in Kochi.
Sreesanth, who was first handed a life ban by the BCCI, had appealed in higher courts regarding the matter. After the Kerala High Court reversed BCCI’s decision of a life ban in 2018, the Supreme Court had asked the BCCI to reduce the punishment. It was last year that the cricket board decided on a seven-year ban on Sreesanth.
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Sreesanth had previously expressed his intention of returning to the sport upon the completion of his ban. Despite his age, Sreesanth was confident of his return for he is said to have maintained the required fitness level despite not playing the sport for all these year.
Outside of cricket, Sreesanth unsuccessfully contested Kerala Assembly Election in 2016 on a Bhartiya Janta Party ticket. The ban period also witnessed Sreesanth making his acting and TV screen debut in both the Hindi and Malayalam film industry.