Former Indian pace bowler S Sreesanth is all set to make a comeback to competitive cricket. He will be competing in the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) President’s Cup T20 competition. The tournament will be held in Alappuzha on December 17. However, KCA is awaiting the state government's consent for conducting the event.
If this tournament is given the green light, it could be the beginning of Sreesanth’s journey to making a comeback in Kerala’s domestic cricket scene. According to several news agencies, Sreesanth has been picked to play for the KCA Tigers team, led by Kerala state captain Sachin Baby. Six teams will be participating in this tournament — KCA Royals, KCA Tigers, KCA Tuskers, KCA Eagles, KCA Panthers and KCA Lions.
The Kerala bowler has a huge fan base and many have taken to social media to express their delight on hearing the news of Sreesanth making a return to professional cricket. Seven years ago, he was banned by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the 2013 spot-fixing saga that took place while he was playing with the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
Initially, the ban was supposed to be for life but it was overturned to seven years and his ban ended in September 2020. Although age is catching up with the 37-year-old pacer, he is still focused on reviving his domestic career with Kerala.
Sreesanth has been a part of India’s 2007 World T20 winning squad and the 2011 ODI World Cup-winning squad. Known for his sheer pace and aggressive approach, Sreesanth has taken 87 Test wickets in 27 Test matches, 75 wickets in 53 ODIs, 7 wickets in 10 T20I and 104 wickets in 82 List A games.