From ‘slapgate’ to match-fixing, tainted Indian bowler Sreesanth has been the bad boy of cricket in our times. He brought a bad name to cricket, which is even worse in a country where cricket is drawn parallels with religion. He was caught on tape, receiving money from a bookie and spending it lavishly.

He has recently urged the newly-appointed BCCI supremo, Vinod Rai to revoke his ban. He has already lost four fruitful years of cricket in his prime. Yet, the Kerala-born pacer wants to play the game that earned him a name. Sources close to him have revealed he (Sreesanth) is upset with the way BCCI has treated his case, even denying him the NOC to play in the Scottish Cricket League.

With a change in the top hierarchy, the Kerala pacer expects a change of fortunes, which still looks bleak.

It was the BCCI Disciplinary Committee headed by the present Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that slapped a life ban on Sreesanth.

Being only the second player from Kerala to represent the country, he has played 27 Tests and 53 One Day Internationals scalping 87 and 75 batsmen respectively.

Recently he was also spotted at the Nirmala College where he was present for movie promotions.

Sreesanth was also expecting the BJP government to help him when Anurag Thakur was the chief and therefore, he had contested for the Kerala Assembly elections in 2016. But nothing of that sort actually happened. He even lost the highly-reputed Thiruvananthapuram seat.

The 34-year-old still is highly optimistic and very hopeful to wear the tricolour cap again. Now all eyes will be on how the former CAG Vinod Rai treats this case.