S Sreesanth: I Firmly Believe I Can Represent Team India In The 2023 World Cup

S Sreesanth: I Firmly Believe I Can Represent Team India In The 2023 World Cup

S Sreesanth offered 'Nach Baliye', awaits BCCI order

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Tainted Indian pacer, S Sreesanth has claimed that he is a firm believer of the fact that he can represent team India in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. Recently, after staying away from the sport for the majority of his career, Sreesanth was given a green flag by the Kerala Ranji team to represent them if he gets back to fitness.

The BCCI banned S Sreesanth for life in August 2013 along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for indulging in alleged spot-fixing in the IPL that year. But on March 15 2019, the Supreme Court set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee’s order.

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S Sreesanth (Image Credit: Google)

But, in an order passed on August 7 by the former BCCI Ombudsman Justice (retired) D.K. Jain, he said that Sreesanth’s ban would end in 2020, as he has served a seven-year ban from 2013.

S Sreesanth Confident Of Playing For Team India In The Next World Cup

“I still believe I can play in the 2023 World Cup. I firmly believe that,” Sreesanth told Deccan Herald when talking about the influence of Tim Grover, a fitness coach.

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S Sreesanth (Image Credit: Google)

“One of the things he taught me was to be unapologetically me. I was always unrealistic with my goals but that’s with most athletes. If you don’t have unrealistic goals, you’re going to be mediocre. I think when you manage to convince your subconscious to believe in these unrealistic dreams, great things can happen. You can achieve anything,” S Sreesanth added.

Spot Fixing Controversy A Stain For Indian Cricket

The 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting case arose when the Delhi Police arrested three cricketers, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, on the charges of alleged spot-fixing. The three represented the Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

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Sreesanth Image Courtesy: Getty

In July 2015, all three of them were cleared of all the charges after they were found not guilty by the Patiala House Courts. However, in January 2016, Chandila was given a life ban from all forms of cricket by the BCCI. In March 2019, the Supreme Court lifted the life ban imposed by BCCI on Sreesanth. Over the years, Sreesanth felt frustrated, but as of now, he has a sigh of relief following a lengthy ban.

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