S Sreesanth was banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a lifetime in August 2013. Alongside Sreesanth, his Rajasthan Royals’ teammate Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were also banned from cricket for indulging into spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League (IPL) back in 2013. However, last year S Sreesanth’s lifetime ban was reduced to seven years, which will complete on September 13 this year.
Sreesanth says that he is sure to join the Kerala Ranji Trophy squad but is waiting for the official announcement. In a recent interview, he said, “I am just training, let’s see, I am fit and raring to go. You will see me playing, I am just eagerly waiting to go forward. It’s very, very clear I will be in the squad, the official announcement will be in September so I have to follow the rules and do things accordingly.”
The 37-year old pacer asserted that cricket has changed a lot since the last time he played. Sreesanth said, “I don’t look at this as one of my second innings, seven years I have missed and cricket has changed a lot from the last time when I was playing. I still remember all the lovely days when I represented my country.”
The recent change in the guidelines issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC) is the ban of saliva to shine the ball. The safety measurement was taken in order to avoid the spread of coronavirus. ICC has also said that the upcoming matches might be played behind closed doors to adhere to the social distancing laws.
Speaking of the same, Sreesanth said that the topic has been blown out of proportion.