Thiruvananthapuram: Medium pacer S Sreesanth, who had hinted at playing for other state after being ignored for the captaincy of Kerala Ranji team, on Tuesday said he had no rift with the state cricket association and would continue to play for his home state.
The tempermental Sreesanth said he was not for any controversy over the issue. `I always want to represent Indian team as a Keralite and I will continue to play for Kerala", he told reporters on the side lines of a function here.
`I only mentioned my opinion during an interview and nothing more to be attributed to it`, Sreesanth, who had last week expressed disappointment on not being appointed as captain of the Kerala Ranji Trophy team, said.
Kerala Cricket Association had recently named all-rounder Raiphy Vincent Gomes as the captain for the upcoming domestic season and selected 25 probables for the team, including Sreesanth.
Reacting to the development, Sreesanth had said he might opt for playing for another state in the coming season.
The pacer said he was working hard to come back into the Indian squad. "Series and matches are coming and I am working hard to be part of the team. God willing and with the blessing of well-wishers, I am sure that I will be part of Indian team soon", he said.
Stating that he would be joining the training camp at National Cricket Academy at Bangalore, he said "I am confident that I will be able to make it (to the Indian team).”
Sreesanth recevied a copy of novel `Cricket` written by well-known writer K L Mohana Verma from former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on the occasion. The book was re-published by priyadarshi publications, a wing of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee.
KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala, Opposition leader Oommen Chandy, Kerala Cricket team captain Raify Vincent Gomes, Former BCCI Secretary S K Nair, and Kerala team coach P Ranganathan were among those present on the occasion.