S Sreesanth | BCCI |
Sreesanth. Image Cortesy: Getty Images

A few hours back, S Sreesanth revealed his desire of playing for any other country after the High Court of Kerala restored the ban on the pacer and within few minutes of this, Amitabh Choudhary, the acting Secretary of BCCI, has quashed hopes of Sreesanth as he has said he is not eligible to play for any other country,

Amitabh Choudhary | BCCI |
Amitabh Choudhary during a press conference

“Firstly, it is not clear what he is responding to and secondly, he is responding to the judicial order. I am not a judicial authority and I can’t respond on that. However, he is banned by BCCI and ICC is very severe that if any player is banned by any board member, he is not eligible to play for any full member or any other associate remember. So the net effect of his statement is nothing and one outline thing is, even if he is not banned, he can’t walk in the Indian team as selectors won’t choose him,” Choudhary told Republic TV.

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Sreesanth, in his statement, said that BCCI and not ICC banned him, so he was available to play for any other country, but with BCCI secretary himself denied any chance to Sreesanth; it can be assumed that he might not return to cricket again.

S Sreesanth | BCCI |
Sreesanth bowls during a practice session.

Sreesanth was arrested along with two other cricketers in IPL 2013. Later, though, all the charges were acquitted against all the three players a few months back, Kerala court also lifted the ban on Sreesanth. This gave a ray of hope of Sreesanth coming back to cricket, and he even said that he is eyeing India tour of South Africa next year.

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BCCI though did not wait, and challenged court’s order and the ban was later restored. Sreesanth was miffed with it and took on the authority.

Now when he realised that he cannot make a comeback for India, he commented on the idea of playing for some other country, but his hopes came to an end just after few hours when BCCI official confirmed that no banned player is allowed to play for any other ICC member.

The pacer is yet to respond to BCCI official’s statement.

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