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Sreesanth retires from Indian domestic cricket

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This announcement brings the curtain down on a career that had just recently restarted

S Sreesanth, the controversial right-arm swing bowler who won the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup with India, has called time on a career that began 20 years ago. The 39-year-old, who represented his country 90 times across all three formats, finished with 169 international wickets.

Sreesanth announced his retirement on Twitter. “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. 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.”

This announcement brought the curtain down on a career that had just recently restarted after Sreesanth overturned a life ban from the sport for his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. He was one of three Rajasthan Royals players to be punished, but in 2019, the Supreme Court set his sentence aside, which prompted the BCCI to reduce his ban to seven years, a period that ended in September 2020.

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