Sreesanth dismisses talks of playing for other nation, feels ‘misinterpreted’
Sreesanth said that his comments about representing another nation is not true and he just wants to play T20 cricket leagues around the world.Updated: Oct 22, 2017 16:01 IST
Former Indian cricket team pacer S Sreesanth has admitted that his statements related to playing shorter formats of the game for other countries have been misinterpreted and he simply meant that he would want to feature in domestic T20 leagues of other countries.
“I was a bit emotional and got carried away that day (judgement day). What I meant was that cricket is important to me. That I would play for T-20 leagues in other countries. In Dubai, there is a T-10, for example. I was approached by these team owners to play when the ban was lifted. My words were misinterpreted,” he was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Sreesanth, along with his Rajasthan Royals’ teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chawan, had been arrested by Delhi Police on alleged charges of spot-fixing. And although Sreesanth had been acquitted two years back by Delhi’s Patiala Court, the Supreme Court hadn’t revoked his ban on playing cricket. The Kerala High Court revoked the ban in August earlier this year but restored it a few days back.
Pleading innocence in the issue, Sreesanth added: “See, I love cricket and am the last person who would get involved in something like spot-fixing. Anyone who knows me will think twice before coming to me with such an offer. Because I don’t even listen to the captain before I play a match. I wouldn’t agree to do it even for Rs 100 crore.
“Also, when you represent the country and play good cricket, you also get plenty of advertisements. The IPL was going on too, so you get to make more than enough for your lifetime, for two or three generations even! Why should I cheat for Rs 10 or 15 lakh?”
He further took a jibe at the Board, stating that instead of making tall claims on zero corruption, the organisation should look at its own structure, which has been asked to comply with the Lodha recommendations.
“The BCCI is talking about zero tolerance to corruption, what about the organisation itself? The SC had found them guilty! The Lodha Committee had asked for a transformation in the BCCI, even in its very constitution. But they opposed it and are still fighting against it.
“That shows how much the BCCI respects a court order. But in my case they are respecting the court order! It’s very strange. I have no idea who or what are the powers behind this new ruling against me. There were 13 names who were accused along with me.”
“No one spoke about them and the BCCI even pleaded with the court not to mention the names, as it will malign the game of cricket. I was also just an accused, like them. But I went to jail and my family, state and the cricket loving public across the globe suffered. I came out of it completely clean but they still keep talking about evidence, something which I had cleared point by point with the court,” he further went on to add.
First Published: Oct 22, 2017 15:35 IST