New Delhi: Out on bail after spending 27 days in Tihar jail, tainted India pacer S Sreesanth on Tuesday reiterated he is not guilty and played the game in true spirit. (JPN/Agencies)
"All I can say is that I played the game in true spirit. I always gave my heart and soul for the game," the disgraced Kerala cricketer, who was arrested by Delhi Police's special cell on charges of spot-fixing during IPL VI, told reporters at his lawyer's residence.
"I don't want to forget this (episode) but I think it taught me a lot of things,” a visibly tired and emotionally exhausted Sreesanth added.
The maverick paceman expressed his full faith in the judiciary and hopes to come out clean from the episode which rocked Indian cricket recently.
"All I want to say is that I believe in the judiciary and in the Indian justice system," he said as one could see the dark circles around his eyes due to lack of sleep and the unkempt beard that he sported.
"I will surely abide by the law of the land," he said when asked what he will do if proven guilty.
"I am very happy and relieved. God has been kind to me. I must thank God first for sure and then my fans, family, friends, lawyer and all well wishers who stood by me during this testing time," he said.
Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were released on bail on Tuesday night. However, their team-mate, Ajit Chandila has not applied for bail.
Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested on May 16, along with eleven bookies. They were charged under section 420 and 120B of Indian Penal Code, which deal with fraud, cheating and criminal conspiracy.
BCCI's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) chief Ravi Sawani, who is investigating the charges levelled against the three players, had submitted his report to the board on Monday and now the trio is expected to depose before the commission.
New Delhi: Out on bail after spending 27 days in Tihar jail, tainted India pacer S Sreesanth on Tuesday reiterated he is not guilty and played the game in true spirit.