As his ban has been reduced to seven years, S Sreesanth can return to the cricket field in September 2020. The right-arm pacer wants to finish his cricket career with 100 Test wickets.
Due to the spot-fixing allegation in IPL 2013, S Sreesanth faced life-ban from cricket that was imposed by the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
In last March, the Supreme Court didn’t support that life-ban order. Recently, the BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain has passed an order which claims that Sreesanth’s ban will end in September 2020. It means that Sreesanth is facing a seven-year suspension from cricket due to the spot-fixing accusation.
As Sreesanth has already spent this suspension period for almost six years, he is only around one year away to completion of this suspension period.
I am confident that I can return to the Indian Test team – Sreesanth
After his reducing term of the ban news, Sreesanth has wished to finish his career with 100 Test wickets. He has played 27 Tests where he has taken 87 wickets. The 36-year-old right-arm pacer is 13 wickets away from the 100 Test wickets, and he is confident of returning to the national team.
Sreesanth claimed,”I am extremely delighted with what I have heard now. Thanks to each one of my well-wishers who prayed for me and the prayers have been answered. I am 36 now and next year I will be 37. I have 87 Test wickets and my aim is I want to finish my career with 100 Test wickets.”
He further added, “I am confident that I can return to the Indian Test team and always wanted to play under Virat Kohli.”
In last year, Sreesanth posted some videos on his social media accounts where he was practising his bowling. He was in his familiar old rhythm in those videos. However, Sreesanth can’t play any domestic cricket match till the end of this suspension period.
Since his international debut in October 2005, Sreesanth has also played 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is where he has taken 75 and seven wickets respectively. He played his last international cricket match in August 2011.
During India’s victory in the ICC World T20 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Sreesanth was a team member and played both the finals.
Sreesanth was serving for Rajasthan Royals (RR) during the IPL 2013 spot-fixing incident. Apart from him, two other RR cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan also faced the same allegations. All these three players were arrested in May 2013. Later, the BCCI’s disciplinary committee imposed life-ban on all of them.