Praveen Kumar banned by BCCI for offensive behaviour during Corporate Trophy match

Praveen Kumar last played for India during the 2012 Asia Cup © Getty Images

New Delhi: Jul 1, 2013

Out of the national fold for more than a year, fast bowler Praveen Kumar has set his eyes on the 2013-14 domestic season to make a comeback to the Indian team.

“I am fit. I have fully recovered from my tennis elbow. I am bowling well these days. I am now eying a comeback to the Indian team by putting up a consistent performance in the domestic circuit,” said Praveen at the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board awards in New Delhi to Monday.

Praveen, who missed the 2011 World Cup, had fruitful tours of West Indies and England in 2011, but then missed the tour of Australia due to a injury.

He played in the Commonwealth Bank series, the 2012 Asia Cup and the this year’s IPL, but due to a dip in form he has not played any international cricket since then.

Praveen also lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led young Indian team for winning the just-concluded ICC Champions Trophy.

“It was good to see young Indian players taking up responsibility in the Champions Trophy. It was good that we won the last edition of the tournament,” he said.

Praveen also had words of appreciation for his city-mate Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has of late cemented his place in Indian pace attack.

“He [Bhuvneshwar] is a smart cricketer. He is smart enough to know his strengths. He bowled really well in English conditions,” he said.