Former India pacer Sreesanth has been in cricket wilderness since 2013 after being arrested for his alleged involvement in spot fixing. After being cleared of the charges in 2015, the Kerala bowler has been hoping to make a comeback to competitive cricket, but to no avail.
Now, Sreesanth is known to be a hot-headed guy and he exhibited his temper during a Twitter conversation with cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra recently that took an ugly turn. The fight was over Chopra objecting to Sreesanth's comeback to cricket.
The ugly war-of-words on social media between the two ex-players started after a person asked Chopra if Sreesanth should be given a chance to comeback to cricket, and the former player replied with a polite 'no'. This is because commentator felt that someone who has been booked for match-fixing or spot-fixing should not be allowed to play the game again.
Here what Aakash Chopra had to say about the matter:
@cricketaakash sir..ur opinion om sreesanth?..can he make a come back?..— jeswin immanuel (@im_jeswin) January 31, 2017
I'm a bit of a hardliner when it comes to match-spot fixing...for expunging records and setting precedents. But that's my opinion. ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ https://t.co/X8OXh4KNSr— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 31, 2017
Following this conversation, a 'hurt' Sreesanth took to Twitter and relaliated with a tweet that questioned Chopra's response and asserted that he would play once again. Chopra explained his stance.
Not two-faced. That's my opinion and I stand by it. Never told anyone anything else. I would have the same opinion for my own brother. https://t.co/gGSLqXbZui— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 3, 2017
Sreesanth wasn't still satisfied and continued his attack on Chopra, who was dignified the face of the attack and continued responding polititely.
@cricketaakash I hope ur comments about desh drohi.....etc,also includes the other 13 people who was charged Nd the unopened envelope..— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) February 3, 2017
I didn't use the word 'desh drohi' but yes, my opinion on this issue isn't subjective. One rule for everyone. https://t.co/kooirNK4UE— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 3, 2017
@sreesanth36 I wish you well. God bless.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 3, 2017
Sreesanth then seemed to taunt Chopra and expressed the hope that Chopra would be in the commentary box for his comeback match.
@cricketaakash yes,looking forward to hear ur commentary when I play..which will be very soon— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) February 3, 2017
The online war-of-words between Sreesanth and Aakash Chopra escalated very soon from a simple 'no'.
Chopra represented India in 10 Testsm, while Sreesanth played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is for Team India. Sreesanth was also a member of India's World T20 and World Cup winning squads under skipper MS Dhoni.
Sreesanth's plans to come back to competitive cricket was dashed after the BCCI denied the India fast bowler NOC (No Objection Certificate) to play league cricket in Scotland.
Sreesanth had been trying to play league cricket in Scotland this year but the BCCI, which had imposed a life ban on him following his alleged involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013, has refused to give him the necessary permission.
According to an ESPNcricinfo report, a BCCI official confirmed that they had not obliged his request.
In May 2013, Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals bowlers - Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila - were arrested for alleged involvement in spot-fixing. All three players were later banned for life by the BCCI.
In 2015, Sreesanth was cleared of spot-fixing charges by a Delhi trial court due to insufficient evidence under the MCOCA act, a special law passed by the Maharashtra state government to tackle organised crime syndicates and terrorism.