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Sreesanth may play in IPL after injury

cricket Updated: Apr 19, 2009 22:56 IST

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Kings XI Punjab fast bowler Sreesanth is hoping to be back playing for his team in the Indian Premier League in early May.

The Indian paceman has been sidelined by a stress fracture in his lower back, but is with the rest of the Punjab squad in South Africa. Initially, the 26-year-old right-arm fast-medium-pace bowler was not expected to play in the tournament, having said earlier this month he was traveling to South Africa as his team's 'cheerleader.'

But on Sunday he said, "I hope to be playing by early May. I' am here trying to recover. But I don't want to rush it. I' am taking it easy." Making it clear he wanted to play in the IPL, he added: "It's fantastic - the crowds, good wickets, and the super competition."

The IPL finishes on May 24 with the final in Johannesburg.