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Would Love to Play For Kerala Ranji Team: Sreesanth

His life ban reduced to seven years, ex-India pacer S Sreesanth on Tuesday expressed his desire to play for Kerala in Ranji Trophy, while harbouring a far-fetched dream to once again don the national jersey.

Cricketnext Staff |PTI |August 21, 2019, 11:07 AM IST
Would Love to Play For Kerala Ranji Team: Sreesanth

Kochi: His life ban reduced to seven years, ex-India pacer S Sreesanth on Tuesday expressed his desire to play for Kerala in Ranji Trophy, while harbouring a far-fetched dream to once again don the national jersey.

Sreesanth, who was arrested by the Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL and was banned for life by the BCCI, challenged the punishment.

After the ban was overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this year, the BCCI referred the matter to its Ombudsman D K Jain, who, in turn, reduced it to seven years, the sanction period now ending in 2020.

"I am very happy with the decision. I would like to make a comeback to the Kerala Ranji team and contribute it to team's victory. I would start training from next month. Youngsters from Kerala are doing well and that's an inspiration," Sreesanth told reporters here.

However, his ambition to don the national colours seemed a bit impractical considering that Indian cricket has moved on since he last played international cricket eight years ago. By the time he is free to play, he will be well past 37 years.

"I hope I will be able to come back into the Indian Test team. I have taken 87 wickets in Test cricket. 13 more wickets are required to reach 100 wickets," he said.

The COA now have to implement this order passed by Justice Jain. "The matter was referred to the BCCI Ombudsman following the Supreme Court order. The BCCI constitution says punishment is the sole domain of BCCI Ombudsman and we'll follow the same protocol in case of Sreesanth matter as well. I don't see COA or BCCI having any objections to clearing this order in our next meeting," a COA member told CricketNext.

Now after a much-awaited relief from the BCCI, it remains to be seen in what way Sreesanth remains associated with the sport which brought his two World titles — 2007 World T20 crown and 2011 World Cup.

(With PTI inputs)

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