2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winner Sreesanth is all set to make a return to Indian domestic cricket for his state side Kerala as soon as his seven-year ban for spot-fixing ends in September.
This has given hope to another cricketer who was banned along with Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila in 2013 for their involvement in spot-fixing in that year’s IPL, Ankeet Chavan of Mumbai. Chavan has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Mumbai Cricket Association to allow him to return to competitive cricket just like Sreesanth has been.
"I have written to the BCCI and also my parent body MCA. My prayers to the BCCI and MCA are that I may also be allowed to play competitive cricket, just like Sreesanth has been," Chavan told Mumbai Mirror.
Now 34, Chavan was arrested by Delhi police and later released for his alleged role in the spot-fixing saga. His career was on a rise in both Mumbai and IPL cricket when the tragedy struck. He has 18 first-class matches and 20 List A games apart from 13 IPL matches.
The Kerala cricket fraternity has welcomed Sreesanth with open arms although he is 37, and has asked him to prove fitness before selection. He is aiming high and has said he 'firmly believes' he can play the 2023 World Cup for India.