Indian cricket team’s former star speedster S Sreesanth has been included in the Kerala squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 cricket tournament starting next month. Sreesanth was banned for life for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the IPL in 2013. Later, the High Court and Supreme Court had ordered the BCCI to lift Sreesanth’s life ban.
The ban on Sreesanth ended in September this year. The 37-year-old was all set to make his comeback earlier this month with a T20 tournament in Alappuzha, but unfortunately it was called off due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Young sensational batsman Sanju Samson will be the captain of the Kerala team while Sachin Baby will be the vice-captain. Sreesanth, who played 27 Tests, 53 ODIS and 10 T20 Internationals for India, played his last match in 2011.
And if Sreesanth’s participation is to be observed in recent warm-up game, the way he behaves on the field has not changed at all as the World Cup-winner stared and sledged batsmen during the fixture. In fact, he was also heard swearing at his teammate.
Apart from this, many important players like Robin Uthappa, Thampi are part of this team. Kerala is in Group E along with Mumbai, Puducherry, Delhi, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh. Kerala’s first match will be against Puducherry on 11 January. If Sreesanth manages to make a place in the playing XI, he would be seen playing cricket again after 8 years.