S Sreesanth is all set to make a return to competitive cricket as he is expected to turn out in the Kerala Cricket Association’s inaugural T20 tournament which will be held in Alappuzha. The tournament which is set to begin on 17 December is still to get clearance from the state government.
Banned for seven years by the BCCI for alleged involvement in spot fixing in the IPL, Sreesanth’s time away from the game ended in September.
Kerala: After a 7-year ban from cricket, bowler S. Sreesanth prepares in Kochi to play in President Cup T20 Tournament hosted by Kerala Cricket Association.
"I'm grateful to the selectors for giving me this opportunity. This is something I have waited for 7-long years," he says. pic.twitter.com/UpZK8QNJr5
— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2020
He has been picked in the KCA Tigers team to be captained by state team skipper Sachin Baby in the tournament, a KCA official was quoted as saying by PTI.
The pacer was seen practicing hard in the nets and he told ANI, "I'm grateful to the selectors for giving me this opportunity. This is something I have waited for 7-long years."
According to the KCA, six teams – KCA Royals, KCA Tigers, KCA Tuskers, KCA Eagles, KCA Panthers and KCA Lions – have been selected by a committee constituted for the inaugural KCA President's Cup T20 tournament.
Besides Sreesanth and Baby, prominent players like Basil Thampi, Rohan Prem, Midhun S, Asif K M and other senior state players will be featuring in different teams, KCA said.
The 37-year old bowler had earlier said that he intends to resume at least his domestic career at the end of the ban and his home state Kerala has promised to consider him if he manages to prove his fitness.
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