Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha could be asked by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to provide an explanation for breach of the central contract clause with his comments on BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, head coach Rahul Dravid and chief selector Chetan Sharma.
Wriddhiman Saha, after getting dropped from the Indian Test team ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka, told media that the head coach had suggested him to consider retirement because the team management wants to groom a young wicket-keeper and the president Sourav Ganguly had assured him a place in the team after his performance against New Zealand last year.
Meanwhile, Saha talking about his selection and revealing his private conversations with the head coach and the BCCI president violates a clause that needs to be followed by a centrally contracted cricketer.
Saha, who is in Group B with annual retention of Rs 3 crore in the annual central contract, has violated clause 6.3.
The clause 6.3 of players’ central contract states: “Player shall not make any comments about the game, officials, incidents that happened in the game, use of technology, selection matters or any other matter related to the game which is in opinion of the BCCI is adverse to and /or not in the interest of the game, team or BCCI in any media….”
Notably, the Board is disappointed with Saha for revealing his conversation with Dravid and Ganguly in media.
There is a possibility that BCCI could ask Wriddhiman Saha as to how he spoke on selection matters – Arun Dhumal
Arun Dhumal has said there is a possibility that the Board of Control for Cricket in India could ask Saha to explain his comments on selection matters being a contracted player.
“Yes, there is a possibility that BCCI could ask Wriddhiman as to how he spoke on selection matters being a centrally contracted cricketer,” Arun Dhumal told PTI.
“As far as the president is concerned, he had tried to motivate him. The board might like to know what made him go public with his dressing room conversations with coach Dravid.” So will BCCI serve a formal showcause notice or ask him verbally about the issue? “We haven’t yet decided on the matter. We are all busy but a call will be taken on a few days,” he said.
Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India officials feel that Saha should have not made his private conversations with Dravid public.
“Rahul Dravid said that he is not “hurt” but wanted to clear communicate with the player. It’s a private conversation and even if he was hurt, he should have kept quiet. Dravid became a bigger person as what Saha did was show the head coach in bad light,” a senior BCCI official said.
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