London: Cricketer S. Sreesanth is all set to make his comeback to a tiny Scottish team. “He now hopes to don whites for Glenrothes Cricket Club, in Fife, a place he’s never even visited,” according to a report by UK daily The Sun.
The two-time World Cup-winning Indian pace bowler has had his lifetime ban lifted after he was implicated in a match-fixing scandal in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sreesanth, 34, has played for his country 27 times and is also a heartthrob Bollywood film star, says the report.
The daily also quoted him as saying to an Indian newspaper: “Hopefully, I can play at least one match there. What I know is that they still have some games left in the Scottish league.”
His unlikely relationship with Glenrothes Cricket Club started when Chairman Eddie Gibbs persuaded him to appeal against his ban.
Sreesanth said he is now dreaming of playing in the 2019 World Cup after the Kerala High Court ruled the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had not proved his role in a high-profile IPL match-fixing scandal in 2013.
“While the 34-year-old is likely to have no shortage of offers on the comeback trail after his enforced lay-off, Shanthakumaran has set his sights on playing for Glens in the Scottish league following talks with the Gilvenbank Park outfit earlier this year,” the UK daily reports.
As per the report, when asked if Glenrothes Cricket Club would be his first port of call on his return to the sport, he said: “Hopefully, yes. What I know is that they still have some games left in the Cricket Scotland Premier League.”
“Hopefully, I can play at least one match there. I have two goals left. One is to take 100 Test wickets. I am 13 short now. But a more realistic goal would be to win the Ranji Trophy for Kerala,” the daily quoted him as saying.