S Sreesanth has managed to make it to the auction list of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and he has listed himself at the base price of INR 50 lakh. Last year, as well he had registered himself for the IPL auction, and it created a buzz in the cricketing circles. However, the 38-year-old speedster from Kerala did not feature in the final auction list, released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
However, in 2022, as many as 590 players – including 228 capped, 355 uncapped and seven cricketers from associate nations – will go under the hammer in the auction, to be held in Bengaluru on February 12-13.
Returning from a seven-year suspension for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, S Sreesanth took part in the featured in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Kerala last year year and scalped four wickets. Sreesanth had set himself a base price of INR 75 lakhs. However, he did not feature in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy fixtures in the 2021-22 season.
Showing his gratitude for getting selected in the final list, S Sreesanth tweeted: “Love u all..can’t thank u all enough..lots of gratitude Thnks a lot..#grateful and always will be grateful to each and every try one of u..plss do keep me in ur prayers for final auction too..”om Nama Shivaya..”.”
Love u all..can’t thank u all enough..lots of gratitude ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Thnks a lot..#grateful and alwys will be grateful to each and every try one of u..plss do keep me in ur prayers for final auction too..”om Nama Shivaya..” pic.twitter.com/XAyBGx9IVU
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) February 1, 2022
In 2013, S Sreesanth – who was once considered one of the finest fast bowlers – was arrested from the team hotel in Mumbai along with a couple of his Rajasthan Royals teammates – Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila – for alleged involvement in spot-fixing in the IPL. While his seven-year ban was over last year, the IPL franchises seemed to be a bit apprehensive in getting him on board.
Talking about the same as the quotes in Sportstar, an industry expert said, “He (Sreesanth) is 39 and hasn’t played for a while, so the franchises will keep everything in mind before picking the right players. With two new teams coming in, the auction will be intense, so it needs to be seen whether the franchises actually want to invest in such a seasoned campaigner or opt for young guns.”