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KOCHI/NEW DELHI, 12 JUNE: Proclaiming his innocence and expressing his faith in the judiciary, India’s Test pace bowler S Sreesanth, out on bail after being arrested for his alleged involvement in the Indian Premier League’s spot-fixing scandal, today said that he hoped he would make a comeback to the national side.
“I promise I will never give up,” Sreesanth, who had spent 27 days in Tihar, said upon his return to his hometown.
“I dream obviously of playing cricket. All I want to do is to play cricket and get back into the team… I dream of going to South Africa with the team but I don’t know if I can make it," he told reporters soon after meeting his parents and relatives in nearby Tripunithura. He said that he would soon start training.
Asked if he had been trapped, Sreesanth said: “I have done no wrong. The arrest could be part of a conspiracy. It will soon come out."
Asked about Tihar, he said that he did not wish to explain anything now. “All I can say is that I love this game. I have done my best whenever I have played this game. You must trust me. I am waiting for everything to be sorted out," he said.
Sreesanth said that he enjoyed the cricketing fraternity’s support. “Everybody was sending me text messages. I thank them, I thank Rajasthan Royals, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, my family, friends, fans, the media. I have no complaints against anybody. Everybody was doing his duty. I have no complaints against anyone,” he said, adding: "Whatever has happened, has happened for a reason. I am happy to be home. Please pray for me. I promise not to give up,” Sreesanth said.
He declined to reply when asked to comment on reports that the Delhi police planned to file an appeal against his release on bail.
In New Delhi, out on bail after 27 days in jail, Ankeet Chavan today said that he hoped he would not be denied justice.
“I am just hoping for the judiciary to make the right decision,” Chavan said. The two cricketers, along with another Rajasthan Royals team-mate, Ajit Chandila, were arrested on 16 May along with 11 bookies.
The Delhi police charged them with fraud, cheating and criminal conspiracy. Chavan was released on bail in the first week of this month to get married. Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra today tweeted a philosophical message, writing: “Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” adding: “Humour is a rubber sword; it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.”
Two days ago, Kundra said that he was being victimised by people in powerful positions. Kundra is the second team owner, after N Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, to have been suspended from cricketing activities in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
The 37-year-old British Indian businessman was suspended by the BCCI’s working committee, pending an inquiry.