The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has decided to consider controversial fast bowler S Sreesanth for the upcoming Ranji Trophy season after he completes his seven-year ban in September 2020. The consideration will be dependent on the paceman clearing fitness trials, according to Kerala coach and former India bowler Tinu Yohanan.
If considered, Sreesanth could have a chance of playing first-class cricket for the first time since 2913. In May 2013 Delhi police had arrested Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals team mates, Ajit Chandilia and Ankit Chavan, on charges of spot-fixing, the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) had imposed a life ban on him. Later he fought a long battle. In 2015 a special court in Delhi had acquitted him of all charges.
In 2018 the Kerala High Court had also revoked the BCCI decision to impose a life ban on him. But in 2019 the Supreme Court upheld his guilt but asked the BCCI to reduce his quantum of punishment. Later the BCCI had reduced his life ban to seven years which will end in September 2020.