The Kerala High Court ordered the BCCI to lift the lifetime ban on Indian pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth who was convicted of spot-fixing in the sixth season of the Indian Premier League.
Earlier in May 2013, Sreesanth, who was playing for Rajasthan Royals, and his teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by the Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy. All three players were later banned for life by the BCCI.
Sreesanth, who was 13 short of 100 Test wickets when he was banned, said he was optimistic of being given official approval to play. “Today I’m feeling much better than how I felt when I got my maiden call-up to the Indian team,” said Sreesanth.
However, now that the ban has been lifted, the pacer eyes a return to the Indian side and a World Cup appearance in 2019. “My dream is to play 2019 World Cup for India. But I know it is next to impossible and it would be a miracle if I play in that World Cup. But I have always believed that miracles can happen,” he said in an inclusive interview with the Times of India.
To be noted, Sreesanth has taken 87 wickets in 27 Tests and 75 wickets in one-day internationals, thus far.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com