Exclusive: I am not joining politics, confirms Javagal Srinath

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Updated: Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 16:22 [IST]
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Bangalore, Feb 4: Former India paceman Javagal Srinath today confirmed that he is not entering politics, putting rest to all the speculations surrounding him.

In the recent past, there were rumours of Srinath entering the political arena and contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. A media report had claimed that Srinath has joined BJP and was set to take on former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda from Hassan (Karnataka) in this year's Parliamentary elections.

I am not joining politics, says Srinath

Now, Srinath has put to rest all those speculations as he confirmed to ThatsCricket on Tuesday about his decision.

"I am not joining politics. I never had intentions of joining any political party or contesting Lok Sabha elections," Srinath told ThatsCricket.

The 44-year-old Srinath, known as "Mysore Express" was until recently the secretary of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). He and his former team-mate Anil Kumble (president of KSCA) took charge of KSCA in 2010 and did a lot of development work for the game.

After three years in office, both Srinath and Kumble decided not to contest the KSCA elections last year.

Srinath is currently an ICC Match Referee. He played 67 Tests (236 wickets) and 229 One Day Internationals (315 wickets) for India.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly too recently said he was not joining politics.


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Story first published:  Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 16:21 [IST]
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