The wait to be eligible to play cricket again ended for S Sreesanth as he concluded is 7-year long suspension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on September 13. While making Indian national team return remains the ultimate debut, Sreesanth first has to start playing domestic cricket and for that to happen, Kerala coach Tinu Yohannan has left the door open.
“Sreesanth has shown the keenness to play by training hard and keeping himself fit,” Kerala coach Tinu Yohannan told ESPNcricinfo. “We’ve been in touch [with him]. We will consider him, but it will depend on his form and fitness. But the door is open.”
Sreesanth has been training in the nets for quite a while and preparing himself for a competitive return on the cricket field. He was spotted practising with the Kerala Under 23 side after the country-wide lockdown was lifted.
“I’m completely free of any charges nd anything nd now gonna represent the sport I love the most.will give my very best to every ball I ball even (if) it’s just practice,” Sreesanth had tweeted on Friday, two days before his ban from BCCI was finally lifted.
“Just have another 5 to 7 years max to give it all I’ve got nd I will give the very best to any team I play,” he added.
The pacer was suspended because of his involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal. Sreesanth used to play for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the T20 league at that time. Alongside Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan were the other RR players to have been involved.