Fast bowler S Sreesanth today gave indications that he may choose to play for another country if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not get rid of the lifetime ban imposed on him over allegations of spot fixing.
“BCCI has imposed the ban, not ICC. If not India, I can play for any other country, because am 34 now and I can only play for maximum six more years. As a person who loves cricket, I want to play cricket. And not only that, 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,” Sreesanth told media.
“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,” he added.
Sreesanth was caught up in a controversy over betting and spot fixing allegations in the Indian Premier League (IPL) along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajith Chandila in 2013. He even had to spend time in Delhi’s Tihar jail over the issue later that year.
The BCCI Disciplinary Committee headed by present Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had slapped a life ban on Sreesanth.