IPL 2018: I don’t follow IPL matches anymore, says S Sreesanth

Sreesanth was life banned by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing.

S Sreesanth | PTI

Scandal-hit India fast bowler S Sreesanth has said that he doesn’t watch the Indian Premier League matches anymore on TV. Sreesanth was banned for the lifetime by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing saga.

"I am (now) not a huge fan of IPL in particular but love to follow the Test matches. I love to watch club matches," Sreesanth quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.

"I have not been following IPL matches and don't wish to watch all matches. I have lost interest and if time permits, will watch matches only involving my state players. Basically, I love to see my Kerala state cricketers doing well in the matches," he further added.

Sreesanth was the highest wicket-taker among the Indian bowlers in the inaugural edition of IPL back in 2008. However, he seems to be a broken individual now given the way the national cricket board has treated him over the last 5 years.

"The ban slapped on me by the Indian cricket board is not the reason for losing interest in the IPL. Yes, I am sad but now we have to move on. They (the BCCI officials) are busy in their own and I am busy in my own work. I am being banned to practice at the international grounds controlled by the BCCI, but I practice at my own ground and I am happy with it," the 35-year-old said.

Sreesanth, who has represented India in 27 Tests and 53 ODIs for India, also revealed that he keeps himself busy nowadays with gym, yoga and family commitments.

"I remain very busy with my own commitments, my own work and schedules and spending quality time with the family. I do lot of yoga exercises, play badminton," he said.

The Kerala lad has also tried his luck in Kerala, Malayalam and Kannada movies in the meantime.

“I have done Kerala, Malayalam and Kannada movies. The shooting for the next movie will commence next month. With God blessings, I have a beautiful family and enjoy spending time with my wife and two children," Sreesanth concluded.


By Salman Anjum - 10 Apr, 2018

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