Veteran India pacer S Sreesanth, who is all set to return to the action, is keen to play in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s (TNCA) senior division league. Notably, he will be eligible to play cricket after his ban completes in September.
Last year in August, the BCCI has decided to reduce the life ban imposed on him for the spot-fixing scandal which took place way back in 2013 Indian Premier League. However, BCCI ombudsman DK Jain has cut short Sreesanth’s spot-fixing ban to a seven-year suspension.
The two-times World Cup-winner is now hoping to return to competitive cricket at soon as possible. And to make sure that he is in the zone, he has decided to play in TNCA where he is not a stranger at all as he has played in the TNCA league for many years. In his earlier years, S Sreesanth was with the Globe Trotters in the TNCA league. However, he is now open to play for any team at this time as he wants to focus on playing only.
“I have fond memories of Chennai. I learnt the ropes of fast bowling from Dennis Lillee and TA Sekar. I have great memories of playing at MA Chidambaram Stadium. The wickets, conditions and quality of batsmen make it challenging for bowlers. I would love to play in the TNCA league,” said S Sreesanth.
“I am bowling with passion and slowly getting back my rhythm. I am enjoying my bowling and the process that a first-class cricketer has to undergo to perform at the Ranji level,” he further added. “All I want is to play. Globe Trotters is fine, or else any team. Whichever team one play for, intensity will be the same.”
Notably, the pace spearhead has been working under the guidance from Tim Grover, who is a reputed NBA physical and mental training coach. He has also worked with famous personalities like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. However, Sreesanth revealed that he takes lessons from Grover since early morning 5:30 to 8:30 thrice a week and train for five hours from 1:30 pm with Kerala U-23 players and Ranji players as well.
“Grover was one of the biggest names in NBA. I attend Grover’s online sessions from 5.30 am to 8.30 am thrice a week. In the afternoon, I train from 1.30pm to 6 pm at the indoor nets in Ernakulam with a lot of Kerala U-23 players and Ranji Trophy players like Sachin Baby,” Sreesanth had said as quoted by Times of India.