Sreesanth Sets Sights On 2019 World Cup After Kerala High Court Lifts Lifetime Ban

The BCCI imposed a lifetime ban on S Sreesanth for his role in the IPL spot fixing scandal in 2013 and after a huge media trial, the disgraced Sreesanth disappeared from the international cricket scene and his career was over – atleast that’s what everyone thought.

The right arm quick played 27 tests, 52 ODIs and 10 T20 games once had a bright future with the Indian cricket team but his fiery temper and on-field antics always had him surrounded in controversy and trouble. Since his ban, Sreesanth has moved on with his life getting married to a princess from Jaipur, getting involved in politics, movies and singing.

Kerala High Court Lifts Ban

Sreesanth’s legal team has been fighting to get the lifetime ban imposed by the BCCI lifted and give the cricketer one more chance at international duties. Earlier this week, the Kerala High Court finally lifted the ban on Sreesanth and overturned the BCCI’s decision. The speedster was very happy with the decision and is preparing to make a comeback to the Indian squad.

Sreesanth will turn 35 in February 2017, an age when most fast bowlers retire from international cricket. However he will look to defy the odds and stage an international return and says his dream is to play the 2019 World Cup which takes place in England and Wales. The conditions will suit Sreesanth provided he is able to get back his old pace and swing.

S Sreesanth is confident of making the return to international cricket and said he takes heart from the fact that Sachin Tendulkar, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq played cricket till they were close to 40. He tried to sound as optimistic as possible in a media interview stating that he felt much better today than he did when he made his debut.

Sreesanth Believing For A Miracle

Those are positive statements but don’t seem very logical for a number of reasons. The three cricketers that Sreesanth referred to were all batsman and it is a known fact that fast bowling is a lot harder on the body than batting. Sreesanth hasn’t played even domestic cricket in the last 3 years and it is highly unlikely that is body is better conditioned for the rigors international cricket at 34 than when he made his ODI debut in 2005.

He did throw in a mix of realism by stating that he knows it is highly unlikely that he will be selected for the 2019 World Cup unless a miracle took place. Sreesanth said his goal was to start bowling at 140kmph, stay injury free and continue to believe in miracles.