(From Press Trust of India)
Cleared by a Delhi court of charges pertaining to the IPL spot-fixing case, including the one linking him to the country’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, S Sreesanth said Sunday that if he had any connection with him, he would not have been a cricketer.
“… I would have been in Dubai or elsewhere. If I had known people like him, I would not have been cricketer,” said Sreesanth, who was acquitted in the 2013 IPL-6 spot-fixing case by a Delhi court on Saturday.
The former India pacer was accorded an emotional welcome at the Kochi international airport on his arrival from Delhi Sunday morning by his fans, friends and relatives.
Thanking them, he said he was grateful to all who stood with him throughout his career and troubled times.
“The money I earned…it is hard earned. The question was about my personality and my commitment. I am happy now…I am discharged from all charges,” the cricketer said when asked about the trauma he underwent when charges were framed against him linking him with underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim and Chhotta Shakeel.
“I will resume my practice today,” the cricketer said hoping that the BCCI would lift the life ban imposed on him from playing cricket.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) Sunday decided to write to the BCCI seeking lifting of the life ban imposed on Sreesanth.
KCA President T C Mathew, who is also a BCCI vice-president, said he will write to the board regarding this.