Disgraced India pacer S Sreesanth who was banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his involvement in the spot fixing scandal in IPL VI has claimed that he is innocent. Describing the ban as the biggest setback of his life, Sreesanth maintained he had not done any wrong and would prove his innocence.
Stating that he felt very sad on hearing the BCCI’s decision announced on Friday, Sreesanth said, “The BCCI action is the biggest setback of my life and I am disappointed. I will try to overcome the crisis and make a strong comeback.”
Sreesanth said he did not know why he was being “framed” in this situation. “I can tell that I have not done anything wrong,” Sreesanth told reporters here.
The fast bowler said he was at a loss to understand why the BCCI took such a decision on this issue. “The only consolation for me now is that I am at home, not in a jail,” he said.
Sreesanth said he had been playing international cricket for the last nine years, but he never got any support from anyone. “I did not get any support these years. I expected to get support this time, which did not come,” he said.
For a cricketer of enviable talent and one who has been part of some of India’s greatest achievements in recent years, Sreesanth is largely known as a troublemaker and a maverick. When his name is mentioned, most fans do not think about the several devastating spells he has bowled in South Africa, West Indies and England.