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Cried and begged in front of IPL commissioner to not ban Harbhajan Singh: Sreesanth on 2008 slapgate

Recalling the infamous 2008 controversy when Harbhajan Singh had openly slapped S Sreesanth during a match, the tainted India pacer has said that he carried no harsh feelings for the veteran India spinner post the scandal and had even begged in front of the BCCI to not take any action against Harbhajan.

During the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Harbhajan had slapped Sreesanth after Mumbai Indians suffered a defeat against Kings XI Punjab.

Talking to CricketAddictor, Sreesanth opened up on the controversy and said, ”“It was all sorted and thanks to Sachin paaji (Sachin Tendulkar), you guys play in the same team, I said absolutely fine, I’ll go and meet him. We met and had dinner on the same night but the media took it to the next level.”

“And even in front of Nanavati sir, they have the video clipping also if not, where I’m literally crying and begging and telling him not to ban or do anything with Bhajji paa, we are going to play together. I don’t want anything to be taken away from Bhajji paa because he is a match-winner, he has taken hat-tricks for India. I’ve just started playing and I want to win matches with Bhajji paa because I consider him as my elder brother there is a video. I don’t know whether they will give it to you or not.you can ask Nanavati sir,” he said.

“But I’m absolutely fine with Bhajji paa.he’s changed a lot, I’ve.in public also he has said ‘Sree tu kahi bhi ho yaar, maaf karde’ (Sree, wherever you are, please forgive me). He was always my elder brother, maybe at that point of time it was different but he will always be a legend,” concluded Sreesanth.

Sreesanth, 37, is currently serving a life ban which has been reduced to seven years after several appeals. The pacer’s ban will expire in September this year and he revealed that he has been working on his fitness and skill-based training.

Sreesanth’s chances of playing competitive cricket at the elite level has also received a massive boost as Kerala coach Tinu Yohanan said the India pacer will be considered for selection if he can prove his fitness.

The India pacer, who played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is, last played international cricket in August 2011.

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