Fast bowler S Sreesanth is all set to return to competitive cricket as he has been named in Kerala’s squad for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament next month.

Sreesanth was handed a life ban in 2013 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged role in Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal. Sreesanth was acquitted of all charges in 2015 by a special court after which the Kerala High Court quashed his life ban in 2018.

However, a division bench of the High Court restored the ban after which Sreesanth approached the Supreme Court. While the apex court upheld his guilt, it recommended the BCCI to reduce the punishment term.

In August 2019, BCCI ombudsman DK Jain reduced the life ban to 7 years.

The 37-year-old now features in the list of players for the Kerala cricket team announced by the state cricket board for the T20 event in Mumbai scheduled from January 10.

“There is nothing stronger than a broken man ,who has rebuilt himself..” Thnks a lot for all the Supoort nd love ..#Gods grace #humbled #cricket #keralacricketassociation #bcci #grateful #respect #love #bestisyettocome,” Sreesanth tweeted.

A Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) official said Sanju Samson will lead the Kerala team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T/20 Tournament. Sachin Baby is his deputy.

Besides, Sreesanth, Samson and Baby, the other players are Basil Thampi, Jalaj Saxena, Robin Uthappa, Vishnu Vinod, Salman Nizar, Nidheesh M D and Asif K M.

The discarded India pacer, who played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is, last played international cricket in August 2011.

Sreesanth was included in the list of players for the local T20 event in Alappuzha this month. But the inaugural KCA President’s Cup T20 was deferred as the KCA did not get the government nod due to the spread of coronavirus.

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