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Will play for another country if not India, says S Sreesanth after restored life ban

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Oct 20, 2017, 4:50 pm IST
Updated Oct 20, 2017, 4:50 pm IST
The bowler was given hopes of getting back to cricket before the Kerala High Court restored his life ban.
Sreesanth was banned for life after being involved in an Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal back in 2013. (Photo: PTI)
 Sreesanth was banned for life after being involved in an Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal back in 2013. (Photo: PTI)

Kochi: Having hit back at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after his life ban was restored, former India pacer S Sreesanth pacer revealed that he is considering relocating to another nation if his ban does not get lifted anytime soon.

Sreesanth was banned for life after being involved in an Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal back in 2013. However, in September 2017, things took a turn as the Kerala High court requested the cricket body to lift the ban.

 

The bowler was given hopes of getting back to cricket, but considering the appeal filed by the BCCI, the High court restored the ban a month later.

“I have been banned by the BCCI but not by the ICC (International Cricket Council). If not for India, I would like to play for another country as I am 34 years old now and I can go on only for another six years. For someone who loves cricket, I just want to play,” the speedster was quoted as saying by Asianet News.

Previously, Sreesanth made an attempt to play in the Scottish League but wasn’t given the nod by BCCI. But he is still pinned on hopes regarding representing his state in the Ranji Trophy.

 

“BCCI is a private firm. It is only us who say that this is the Indian team, but you know BCCI is a private body after all. So, if I play for any other country, it probably may be the same. Yes, representing Kerala in Ranji Trophy is different. I had hoped to win Ranji Trophy, Irani for Kerala, but the decision rests up on the BCCI,” the 2011 ICC World Cup winner said.

Sreesanth previously vented his frustration at the national cricket body on Twitter, stating there was a conspiracy against him.

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