Kochi, Feb 27: Banned fast bowler S Sreesanth "survived a murder attempt" in Tihar Jail, his brother-in-law has revealed today.
According to reports in Kerala, Sreesanth was attacked in the jail by a goon. The person attacked him with a sharp weapon but the paceman managed to escape unhurt. He was housed in the jail after being arrested for his alleged involvement in IPL spot-fixing in 2013. (Sreesanth banned for life)
"A goon in the jail threatened to murder Sreesanth with a weapon that he made by sharpening a door's bolt. Luckily, Sreesanth escaped unhurt," the bowler's brother-in-law Madhu Balakrishnan, who is a playback singer, told "Manorama News" today.
He added that the incident was reported to the officials of Tihar jail and later Sreesanth was moved to a different cell.
"We don't know whether there was any action after that. We are also not sure whether it had anything to do with the IPL scam," Balakrishnan added.
Sreesanth, a double World Cup winner (Twenty20 in 2007 and 50 overs in 2011) was banned for life by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sreesanth, who was playing for Rajasthan Royals at the time, was arrested in Mumbai by Delhi police during IPL in May 2013.