When Sreesanth thought of committing suicide

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after an independent inquiry in 2013 found the then Rajasthan Royals (RR) players Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan guilty of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The trio were found guilty and banned for lifetime from cricketing activities. That was not all. They were earlier arrested and spent time behind the bars. Recently the Patiala House Court in New Delhi dropped charges against the 32-year-old pace bowler along with Chandila and Chavan on the grounds of lack of evidence.

It must be an ordeal for any international sportsperson to spend time in company of country’s most dreaded criminals and added to that is the humiliation. During his term in the Tihar Jail, Sreesanth went through a lot of stress and contemplated suicide. After the Patiala Court verdict, he is a relieved man. The BCCI though has not lifted the life ban which has been imposed on him. Sreesanth now wants to approach BCCI to exonerate the ban which will let him resume his cricket activities.

As reported by the PTI, Sreesanth said, “Initially I thought about suicide. I could overcome because of my devotion to Lord Ettumanoorappan (Lord Shiva in Kerala’s famouse Ettumanoor Mahadevar temple) and the support given by my family”.

Speaking about his life-ban on cricket Sreesanth said, “I have sought an appointment with BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur. He has told a TV channel that I can file an application requesting to lift the ban. I am hopeful after indication from the higher-ups of the BCCI that it would consider my request. So I want to file an application. I am waiting for his (General Secretary Anurag Thakur) call. I hope the next meeting of the BCCI would take a favourable decision.”

Sreesanth was a part of the World Twenty20 (T20) Championship winning squad of 2007 and later the World Cup 2011 winning side.