Sreesanth’s storied career will get another late update when he plays T10 Abu Dhabi for the first time this season.
The former Indian fast bowler was introduced as a new signing for the Bangla Tigers on Thursday night, alongside Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan.
It will debut in the 10-over competition, whose sixth season will run from November 23 to December 4.
Having had his life ban for corruption overturned, Sreesanth made his return to action after a nine-year absence when he played for Kerala in the Ranji Trophy last year.
Now 39, his international career began in 2005. He even took part in the first major international series at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, where the Abu Dhabi T10 is played, in 2006.
He has twice won the World Cup with India, both in T20 and ODI, and he hopes to put his experience to good use when he plays T10 for the first time.
« At this stage of life, I don’t think it’s about giving advice, but I will ask my team to believe in themselves, » Sreesanth said, speaking at the Metropolitan Hotel in Dubai.
“It’s all about the belief system. For someone like me, coming from Kerala and winning two World Cups with my country was my motivation.
« With my captain [Shakib] and the leadership of the team, I’m very confident, we have experienced people and a great team.
“Last year, we were third in the championship. This year, Inshallah, we will be champions. We believe in it, and I am convinced that we will succeed. »
Shakib, who will captain Bangladesh in the Asian Cup, which starts on Saturday in Dubai, returns to T10 after winning the first season with the Kerala Kings.
« I’m excited to be a part of it again, » said the versatile player. “I remember the first year. We won the cup, and I hope we can achieve a similar performance this year with the Bangla Tigers.
“The Bangla Tigers are close to my heart because they are owned by a Bangladeshi, so I don’t feel like I’m far from home. »