If Leander Paes plays tennis at 42, I can certainly play cricket at 36: S Sreesanth
"I don’t know what life has in store for me."
Updated - Mar 15, 2019 5:20 pm
S Sreesanth will be a relieved man today, as the former India player’s life-ban was lifted by Supreme Court on March 15, 2019. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had banned Sreesanth for life after the Delhi police found him guilty of spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
He, along with his Rajasthan Royals’ teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila was all found guilty by police for spot-fixing in a match in the same edition and spent time in Tihar Jail in Delhi. Sreesanth challenged the order in court in 2013. Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals for the Indian team.
Sreesanth confident of a return to top-level cricket
“I don’t know what life has in store for me after all these years. It’s for six years and I haven’t played cricket, which was my life. If Leander Paes can win Grand Slams at 42, I can at least play some cricket at 36,” Sreesanth was quoted as saying by The Times of India (TOI).
The Supreme Court has also ordered the BCCI to reconsider their decision of life ban on Sreesanth in a period of three months. On this, Sreesanth was quoted saying, “I hope that the BCCI respects the verdict of the country’s highest court and allows me to at least get back to the cricket field. I hope that at least now I can walk to a school cricket ground and train there without being told that I am not allowed. I just want to play whatever cricket I can.”
Age is not a factor for Sreesanth in comeback to cricket
On the point being that he is 36 years old and last played top-level cricket in 2013, Sreesanth felt that he can make a comeback to cricket with ease. S Sreesanth shared his plans of playing cricket abroad and said,” Your age is as much as you feel. I would again like to play club cricket in Scotland. I wanted to play last year but didn’t get permission. I can’t play club cricket in England at the moment as I have not played first-class cricket for six years now.”
He thanked his family, his in-laws for getting their daughter married to him when the whole world had turned against him. Sreesanth also revealed that he was in touch with several of his former teammates during his darkest days.
“Yes, I do get calls or WhatsApp messages from some of them. Bhajju paa (Harbhajan Singh) has spoken to me, Viru bhai (Virender Sehwag), Suresh (Raina) have kept in touch. I keep speaking to Robin (Uthappa) who is a dear friend,” he was quoted saying.