Discarded Indian cricketer Praveen Kumar joined Samajwadi Party on Sunday ahead of Assembly elections next year. The people of Uttar Pradesh will cast their franchise in the 2017 state elections.
Praveen joined the incumbent party in presence of a few senior Leaders in the capital of Lucknow.
It was learnt that Praveen may contest from Meerut in 2017 state polls and will be a star campaigner for the party.
Speaking to ABP News, he said, “I joined Samajwadi Party after observing some commendable work of CM Akhilesh Yadav.”
Kumar was born in a family of wrestlers. But he chose cricket as a career option. He proved himself after making his debut in 2007. He joined the Uttar Pradesh under -19 with Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, RP Singh and Piyush Chawla in 2000.
The turning point in Praveen’s career was his first Ranji season when he took 41 wickets and scoring 368 runs. He has taken 90 wickets in two first-class seasons earned him a call-up to the India A squad which toured Kenya in 2007.
He was part of Team India in six Test matches and 68 ODIs where he has scalped 27 and 77 wickets respectively.
Praveen is also known for having a short temper. He was suspended from the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2013 for using foul language against a batsman.
In 2013, domestic cricketer umpires have gone on record as saying that Praveen “is not in a mental frame to play the game”. Furthermore, they claimed that his own teammates have deserted him.
Praveen in 2008 found himself indulged in a controversy as he allegedly thrashed a doctor. In the 2011 series in England, he angrily reacted to fans’ jibes in a tour game against Northants.
Kumar hasn’t represented India since 22012 in any of the three formats.