Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
India’s fast bowler S Sreesanth is all set to comeback in competitive Cricket as he was included in the Kerela squad of players for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament scheduled for early next month, ending his long wait after completing a seven-year ban on charges of match-fixing.
Sreesanth who was banned by BCCI over his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in the IPL, features in the list of the players for the Kerela Cricket team announced by the state board for the T20 event in Mumbai scheduled from January 10.
Sreesanth was banned for a lifetime in 2013 by BCCI along with Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandala and Ankeet Chavan for indulging in alleged spot-fixing in the IPL that year. However, his lifetime ban was reduced to seven years in 2019 which got completed in September this year.
This would be Sreesanth’s first competitive domestic market event after his seven-year ban ended in September this year.
On being selected Sreesanth wrote “There is nothing stronger than a broken man, who has rebuilt himself. Thanks a lot for all the support nd love,” Sreesanth tweeted.
Sreesanth’s former Indian teammate Suresh Raina will play Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 for Uttar Pradesh wished their pacer good luck.
Apart from Sreesanth, the Kerela squad includes players like Robin Uthappa, Jalaj Saxena, Basil Thampi, and Sachin Baby. Wicketkeeper Sanju Samson is expected to lead he Kerela team in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.
Sreesanth was also included in the list of players for the local T20 event in Alappuzha this month. But the inaugural KCA Presidential Cup T20 was canceled due to the spread of coronavirus.