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I can play cricket for the next 6-7 years: Sreesanth

S.Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI in India, following his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 IPL.

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Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. (Photo by Manoj Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Controversial fast bowler S Sreesanth breathed a sigh of relief on Monday after Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI following his involvement in the match fixing scandal in 2013. Sreesanth had earlier challenged BCCI’s decision of not lifting the ban despite a Delhi court exonerating him in 2015. The court had earlier sought the board’s stand on the plea by the cricketer challenging the life ban imposed upon him by the game’s governing body.

The BCCI had filed a counter-affidavit on the issue in the court in response to the plea by Sreesanth, who had challenged the life ban despite a court dropping all charges against him. All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were let off in the spot-fixing case by a Patiala House court in July 2015.

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Speaking to the media, Sreesanth said that he will start from the scratch once again. “I am definitely happy about the verdict. I am really thankful to the Kerala High Court and my lawyer,” the fast bowler said as per the quotes on Kalinga TV. “I am only 34 now.  I can play cricket for next 6-7 years with my fitness and God’s blessings.”

The temperamental pacer said his first priority was to get into the Kerala team. He said he was physically fit and will hit the ground soon. “Many people supported me in thick and thin. They stood with me. I am really indebted to them and I will not let them down,” he said in Kochi.

He posted a picture of his on twitter, thanking all his fans for the love and support. He also thanked God for watching over him during the tough days. The Kerala Cricket Association also lauded the verdict. “He’s our own player and we supported him all along. We will take a positive decision soon,” said KCA President Vinod Kumar.

Sreesanth last represented India in 2011 against England at the Oval in a Test match. He also played in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka, which India went on to win. Incidentally, it turned out to be his last ODI game.

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