Former India fast bowler S. Sreesanth on Tuesday came close to making a comeback to competitive cricket after Kerala was named in the list of 26-strong probables for the upcoming Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament.

37-year-old Sreesanth, who was banned by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in the IPL, is with Sanju Samson, Sachin Baby, Jalaj Saxena, Robin Uthapa and Basil Thampi.

The T20 tournament is scheduled to begin on January 2.

Their ban ended in September this year.

Sources said that in 2011, Pacer, who represented India, will participate in a preparation camp to be held here from December 20 to 30.

Sreesanth, who was part of the winning Indian squads in the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cups, was earlier included in a team for the local T20 tournament to be organized by the Kerala Cricket Association in Alappuzha from 17 December.

The domestic season is delayed as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic and the T20 tournament will mark the start of the 2020-21 season.

List of probables: Robin Uthappa, Jalaj Saxena, Sanju Samson, Vishnu Vinod, Rahul P, Mohammad Azrudin, Rohan Kunnumel, Sachin Baby, Salman Nizar, Basil Thampi, S Sreesanth, MD Direction, KM Asif, Basil NP, Akshar Chandran. Joseph, Midhun S, Abhishek Mohan, Vatsal Govind, Anand Joseph, Veenop Manoharan, Midhun PK, Sriroop, Akshay KC, Rosith, Arun M.

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