Tainted cricketer Sreesanth engages in an ugly Twitter war with Aakash Chopra

Feb 05, 2017, 14:56 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Tainted India pacer Sreesanth and cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra got into an ugly spat on Twitter over the latter's objection to the Kerala bowler's desire to make a comeback into cricket


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.

Aakash Chopra|
Aakash Chopra

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:


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.

Sreesanth wasn't still satisfied and continued his attack on Chopra, who was dignified the face of the attack and continued responding polititely.

Sreesanth then seemed to taunt Chopra and expressed the hope that Chopra would be in the commentary box for his comeback match.

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.

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