The cricket and politics connection has been very obvious since quite a long time, and many cricketers have joined politics. This is not a trend which is just in India, but across the world.
Looking at our very own neighbors, Imran Khan is one of the tallest names in Pakistan politics right now, while Sanath Jayasuriya too, has become a political personality in Sri Lanka. In India, there have been several cricketers who have graced the parliament.
One of the hottest names being that of Sachin Tendulkar, there have been several other players who have contested elections at some point or the other.
Mohammad Azharuddin, Kirti Azad, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, and several other prominent names have, at some point or the other, been a part of the political circus of India.
The latest name that has been in the discussions over joining politics has been that of Sreesanth, a very controversial name on and off the field.
According to members of Sreesanth’s family, he has been getting calls from top-level BJP officials, discussing his political career ahead. If agreed upon, Sreesanth is expected to contest elections to be an MLA from the Thrippunithura Assembly constituency.
“I will let you know my decision by tomorrow,” S. Sreesanth told Press Trust of India but declined to give further details. It is expected that Sreesanth is going to meet Amit Shah when he visits Kerala.
Kummanam Rajasekharan, the president of BJP for the state of Kerala said the state leadership was not aware of the move but “things will be clear in two days.”
If Sreesanth agrees, he is expected to face off against state Excise Minister and well known Congress leader, K Babu for the Thrippunithura seat in the Ernakulam district.
Sreesanth, who was involved in a spot-fixing scandal in the IPL, has been banned from cricket.
After his booming cricketing career came to an abrupt halt, Sreesanth has been busy working in the movies, and has been a star of many regional movies. Sreesanth has also been working on a Bollywood movie with Pooja Bhatt.
The incumbent MLA, K. Babu, is an old war-horse, and has been dominating the seat since the year 1991 and is a 5 time MLA from the same constituency. Sreesanth’s decision is likely to be made public tomorrow.