S Sreesanth © PTI
S Sreesanth © PTI

Even after Kerala High Court’s clearance Sreesanth doesn’t seem to see any light at the end of the tunnel. It now seems the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) is resisting Sreesanth from playing domestic cricket or even trying out its facilities. KCA is ready to include Sreesanth in their pre-season preparatory camp but are awaiting final stamp of approval from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or Committee of Administrators (CoA). Sreesanth was involved in towel-gate or spot-fixing scandal during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013.

KCA in their statement to the press stated, “With the domestic season around the corner, KCA would also like to support him and provide an opportunity to train/practice in the pre-season preparatory camps and selection trials at the earliest instance, subject to clearance from the Committee of Administrators/BCCI.” BCCI handed Sreesanth a life-ban prohibiting him from participating in any form of legal cricket. Prior to Kerala HC’s order, Sreesanth also received a clean-chit by the Delhi HC in 2015 in relation to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) he was charged with.

Sreesanth spoke in length about his desire to play for India again after Kerala HC’s judgement. “My dream is to play 2019 World Cup for India. But I know it is next to impossible and it would be a miracle if I play in that World Cup. I have always believed that miracles can happen. There might be stiff competition for fast bowlers’ spots now. But there was competition even when I made my way into the Indian team. I have always felt that competition gets the best out of me. I just hope that I can do justice to my talent on my comeback,” he had said.