Sreesanth Calls On BCCI – Let Me Play Again
With the World T20 now underway in his home nation one man watches on isolated from the game he loves. Currently shooting a Bollywood movie directed by Pooja Bhatt, two-time World Cup winner Sreesanth spoke at length with hosts Amit Kohli and Dan Rhodes on a CricIndex Podcast Special.
· Exonerated of any wrongdoing by a Delhi court, Indian bowler remains banned from cricket by the BCCI.
· Despite there being no ICC ban he still cannot enter his local club grounds or play cricket for any club worldwide.
· He still loves cricket and has high hopes for Team India in the WorldT20.
· Still respects former mentor Rahul Dravid but bemused by his lack of public support.
· Wanted to hit Andre Nel before he smashed memorable 6 versus South Africa.
Speaking with humility throughout Sreesanth still hopes to play cricket again and pleads with the BCCI to follow the lead of the Indian courts and allow him to play cricket once again. Even if he’s never to reach the heights of playing for the Indian National team, he would love to represent his club, the Kerala Cricket Association or to play club cricket overseas.
Ironically even though the ICC has placed no ban on Sreesanth the all powerful BCCI appears to have had their domestic ban ratified by all ICC member boards and the only cricket he’s involved with currently is in the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL).
In spite of all he’s been through Sreesanth speaks passionately about his hopes for Team India in the World T20 and his respect for some of the legends who have supported him throughout his ban.
He’s kept himself busy with music and movies but anyone listening to our podcast can be under no illusions; Sreesanth’s heart is with cricket, why else would someone banned from playing still be training every day he can – maybe, just maybe the cricketing world hasn’t seen the last of Sreesanth.
Video: The incident with Andre Nel where Sreesanth told us on podcast, “I wanted to hit him”.