After a seven-year ban from cricket, former Indian stimulator S Sreesanth is expected to return to the cricket ground. The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) aims to lead a T20 league in Alappuzha next month which will mark the return of the former India international.
After Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry, KCA plans to organize a local T20 tournament. However, the event is subject to state government authorization. Sreesanth will be the star attraction of the tournament, the dates of which have not yet been finalized.
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Sreesanth’s participation in the next President’s Cup has been confirmed by KCA President Sajan K. Varghese.
“Yes definitely. Sreesanth will be an attraction. Each player will be in a bio-bubble at a hotel in Alappuzha. We are looking at the first week of December. The authorization from the government of Kerala is the main thing,” said Mr Varghese, cited by Sportstar.
The Kerala speedster was one of the prominent talents of the Indian dressing room. He was part of the Indian team which won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007. Four years later he became a part of the Indian team which won the Home Cricket World Cup.
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Sadly, in 2013 he was slapped with a ban from BCCI for his involvement in the Indian Premier League match-fixing scandal. His seven-year ban ended earlier in September, and the upcoming President’s Cup will be his first major tournament.
Prior to the ban, Sreesanth had played for the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. He has 50 wickets of 60 T20 games to his name.