There are speculations that S Sreesanth will be back in cricket after his ban of 7 years. The former pacer of the Indian cricket team has to prove his fitness for selection in Kerala cricket team, as said by Tinu Yohannan, the cricket coach of Kerala state cricket board.
The 37-year-old pacer was banned for a lifetime by BCCI due to his involvement in IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013. The sentence was reduced to 7 years last year by the BCCI ombudsman D.K Jain. The sentence ends in September 2020.
Sreesanth looking forward to join the team
“Sreesanth will be considered for this year’s Ranji Trophy. We are looking forward to having Sreesanth playing for Kerala again. Everyone in Kerala is also looking forward to that,” Yohannan, also a former India pacer, told PTI.
He also added that Sreesanth has had enough time to look after his fitness and there is time till September to concentrate on his game.
“His (Sreesanth’s) ban will lifted in September. The good thing is that there is time for him get ready.. He is working hard on his game and his fitness..,” the Kerala coach said.
“Then we will have to assess his physical fitness and game skills. Sree (Sreesanth) is always in the scheme of things…,” he added.
Domestic cricket of India will resume in August after the much nuisance caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yohannan also added that things have to settle down first and thus the training camps have to wait for a little longer.
“As of now there is a lot of uncertainty about when cricket will resume. So, planning for camp, practice, etc will have to wait,” he added.
He also added that Sree had been in constant touch with him and had been working hard. Sreesanth is looking forward to coming back to the Indian team.
“… Sreesanth has been in constant touch with me. He has been working hard on his bowling and fitness. However, he has not played competitive cricket for some seven years now, we have to evaluate fitness and skills.
“But we will be very happy to welcome him back into the Kerala side,” Yohannan, who played three Tests and an equal number of ODIs, said.
Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is, last played international cricket in August 2011.