Sreesanth was one of Team India's finest pacers. The Kerala speedster was a part of India's glorious triumphs in the ICC World T20 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 respectively. Sreesanth was also known for carrying out unique celebrations after picking up wickets. However, his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal during IPL 2013 along with his team-mates dealt a huge blow to his cricketing career. Sreesanth then tried his luck in acting. Now, he is making winds with media again with another big revelation. He has declared his hatred towards the three-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings.
In an interview with a local media, Sreesanth has revealed why he used to hate Chennai Super Kings. The pacer said that he had requested the then head coach Paddy Upton many times to let him play against Chennai Super Kings because of his history with the franchise and that he had also wanted to defeat them. Sreesanth also clarified that even though he hated CSK, he had absolutely no hatred towards MS Dhoni or N Srinivasan. The 2011 World Cup-winner added that he just hates the yellow colour (CSK's jersey) and that is the reason behind his hatred for the Australian team as well.
Sreesanth also mentioned that he had done extremely well against Chennai Super Kings and that is why he wanted to play. The two-time world champion had made this statement in reference to him being shown in a bad light by Paddy Upton in his autobiography where the mental coach has written that Sreesanth had abused him and his Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid.
S Sreesanth's ban for alleged spot-fixing will end next August, BCCI Ombudsman D K Jain has ordered, observing that the cricketer is well past his prime having already served six years. The BCCI banned Sreesanth, who is now 36, for life in August 2013 along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for indulging in alleged spot-fixing in the IPL of that year. On March 15 this year, the Supreme Court set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee's order. Now, in an order passed on August 7, Jain said "ends of justice" would be met by making it a seven-year suspension and letting him play next year.
"...for Mr Sreesanth, who is now in his late thirties, his prime years as a Cricketer, particularly as a fast bowler may already be over," Jain reasoned in his order. I am of the view that banning Mr Sreesanth from participating in any kind of commercial Cricket or from associating with any activities of the BCCI or its affiliates, for a period of seven years with effect from 13.09.2013, i.e. the date from which, the period of ban imposed by the Disciplinary Committee had commenced, will meet the ends of justice," Jain said in the order.
(With PTI Inputs)