Sreesanth is among the 51 candidates who are contesting in the Kerala assembly elections slated for May 16. Picture courtesy: Twitter( ANI)
Sreesanth is among the 51 candidates who are contesting in the Kerala assembly elections slated for May 16. Picture courtesy: Twitter( ANI)

Cricketer S Sreesanth, after being named by a candidate for Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), has started his polling campaign at Thiruvananthapuram. After a long patch of controversies following the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case, Sreesanth’s cricketing career faced a downfall and his future became uncertain. The cricketer, then, went on to join politics and is currently a candidate for BJP. Sreesanth is among the 51 candidates who are contesting in the Kerala assembly elections slated for May 16. READ: Sreesanth files nomination form for assembly election in Kerala

Earlier, Sreesanth had visitied the BJP headquarters in Delhi and met with top party leaders, reported IANS. He later announced he had accepted the party membership and will do his best to strengthen the party in Kerala. Sreesanth was banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India after match-fixing allegations. He last played in the 2013 Indian Premier League. He was arrested on charge of match-fixing and lodged in Tihar Jail in Delhi. READ: S Sreesanth confident of playing in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

In July 2015, a Patiala House court in Delhi exonerated him and two other players in the case, against which Delhi Police have gone in appeal. While his parents are settled in Ernakulam in Kerala, he keeps shuttling between Bengaluru and Kochi. Sreesanth played 27 Tests (87 wickets), 53 ODIs (75) and 10 T20Is (seven wickets) and was part of two World Cup winning teams, in the 2007 World Twenty20 and the 2011 World Cup. Here is what ANI tweeted about Sreesanth’s campaign:

 

Apart from politics, the player is also set to play the role of a hero in a big budget movie to be made simultaneously in Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil. The movie, to be directed by renowned filmmaker Sana Yadireddy, tells a spicy story of a cricketer and IPL.