Cricketer and former Bigg Boss contestant S Sreesanth has not ruled out the possibility of making a comeback to the Indian cricket team after his life-ban was commuted to seven years, making him eligible to play cricket after September 2020. Reacting to the news, Sreesanth said that he had already been informed by the BCCI Ombudsman about their decision on 7 August even though the governing body of the Indian cricket made their decision public two weeks later. The 36-year-old cricketer said that he hoped to represent India again after his ban is lifted since he ‘always wanted to play under Virat Kohli.’
“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. I am confident that I can return to the Indian Test team and always wanted to play under Virat Kohli,” Sreesanth was quoted by Hindustan Times.
Sreesanth said that he was a huge fan of Leander Paes adding that if Ashish Nehra could represent India in the T20 World Cup at the age of 38, he was only 36. He told ESPNCricinfo.com, “I am a huge fan of Leander Paes to start with. For his age and fitness, he is showing the way (even) right now. So I should not give up. Even at 38, Ashish Nehra played the World T20 . I am only 36. So I still have another year to make the comeback.”
Meanwhile, former India opener Virender Sehwag was asked about Sreesanth’s chances of returning to the national side. Sehwag said that the pacer from Kerala had to first play domestic cricket to prove that he was still good enough for the international competition. When reminded that Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir had returned to the national side immediately after the lifting of the ban, Sehwag said, “Pakistan me kuch bhi hota hai. (Anything can happen in Pakistan)”
Amir was only 23 when he made his comeback to the Pakistani side compared to Sreesanth’s 36 years of age. The Pakistani pacer made the shock announcement of retiring from the Test cricket soon after impressing everyone with his menacing fast bowling in this year’s World Cup cricket.
Sreesanth was banned for life after being found guilty of spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League. In March this, a Supreme Court Bench set aside the life ban imposed on him and asked the BCCI to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment given to the former India fast bowler.