New Delhi: Shantakumar Sreesanth, who was part of the Indian cricket team that won the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup, said after the BCCI’s ban on him in the IPL spot-fixing case was over, “Call me, I will come anywhere and play cricket”. Was clearly visible on his face.
Sreesanth said, “I am talking to agents in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka and I want to play club level cricket in these countries. My goal is to represent my country in the 2023 World Cup. My second wish is to play in a match between MCC and World XI at Lord’s.
Significantly, Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI in 2013 in an IPL spot-fixing case. However, in 2015, a special court in Delhi acquitted him of all charges.
In 2018, the Kerala High Court completed the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI and quashed all proceedings against him. However, a bench of the High Court upheld the ban.
Sreesanth had challenged the decision in the Supreme Court. The apex court upheld his conviction in March last year, but the BCCI was directed to commute his sentence and the Indian board extended his life ban to seven years, which has now expired. Sreesanth, 37, has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20I matches for India so far, taking 87, 75 and seven wickets respectively.