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HindustanTimes Sun,29 Jun 2014
Out on bail, Sreesanth hopes to play for India again
PTI
Kochi, June 12, 2013
First Published: 10:37 IST(12/6/2013)
Last Updated: 18:21 IST(12/6/2013)
Cricketer S. Sreesanth on his arrival at the International Airport in Kochi after he was released on bail in spot-fixing case. PTI Photo

Claiming innocence and expressing faith in the judiciary, India Test pacer S Sreesanth, who was released on bail after being arrested for alleged involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, today said he is hopeful of making a comeback to the national side.

"I promise you I will never give up," Sreesanth, who is out on bail after spending 27 days in the Tihar Jail, said upon his return to his hometown.

"My dream obviously is to play cricket. All I want to do is to play cricket and get back into the team... It is a dream to play in the South African tour series. But I am not sure about it now," he told reporters soon after meeting his parents and relatives at nearby Tripunithura.

Despite being weary after his arrival here from Delhi Sreesanth said he was very happy to be back with his parents and said he would soon start training.

Asked if he had been 'trapped' in the case, Sreesanth said, "I have done no wrong. The arrest could be part of a conspiracy. It will soon come out. I am confident good will happen."

On his experience in Tihar Jail, the pacer said he does not wish to explain anything.

"All I can say is that I love this game. I have given the very best from the day one I played this game. You must trust me. I totally believe in judiciary. I am waiting for everything to be sorted out. I will surely like to explain everything," he said.

Sreesanth said he got full support of the cricketing fraternity.

"Everybody was messaging. Thanks to them, thanks to Rajasthan Royals, BCCI, my family, friends, fans, media. I have no complaints against anybody. Everybody was doing their duty. I have no complaints against anyone," he said.

"Whatever has happened, has happened for a reason. I am happy to be home. Please pray for me. I promise not to give up," Sreesanth said.

He declined to reply when asked to comment on Delhi Police plans to file an appeal against his bail.


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