Sreesanth announces retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.
S. Sreesanth has called time on a roller coaster cricketing journey as he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 2011 ODI World Cup-winning cricketer took to Twitter on Wednesday to make the announcement to bid adieu to a journey that began 20-years ago.
The pacer has represented team India in all three formats. He has featured in 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20I matches for team India. He was also part of the Indian side that lifted the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007.
“With much sadness but without regret, I say this with a heavy heart: I am retiring from the Indian domestic (first class and all formats )cricket,” said the Kerala pacer.
“For the next generation of cricketers. I have chosen to end my first-class cricket career. This decision is mine alone, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, it is the right and honorable action to take at this time in my life.”
Sreesanth was banned from the game of cricket following the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. He was one of the three Rajasthan Royals (RR) players to be punished by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
However, recently the cricketer restarted his cricket journey after he overturned his lifetime ban. The BCCI in 2019 reduced the pacer’s lifetime ban to seven years which was completed in 2020. The pacer was also seen in action for his home side Kerala during the Ranji Trophy matches.
Sreesanth further in his tweets mentioned that he has played for several clubs and cricket boards during his 20-years long career, but his association with ICC has been a tremendous honour.
The pacer had represented team India in the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 along with the ODI World Cup in 2011.
“ICC has been a tremendous honour. During my 25 years career as a Cricket player, I’ve always pursued success and winning cricket games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance. It has been an honour to represent my family.”