Atul Bedade, former Indian cricketer, has been removed from the position of Baroda Women’s cricket team after a senior woman cricketer had alleged him of sexual harassment and public shaming.
The incident dates back to March when some of the senior players accused Atul Bedade of misconduct and sexual harassment during Women’s Senior One-day tournament in Himachal Pradesh in February.
Taking cognizance of the matter, Bedade was immediately suspended as the head coach of the Baroda Women’s team until ‘further inquiry’
“Yes, he is being suspended with immediate effect pending inquiry by probe committee having one neutral member from outside BCA,” BCA secretary Ajit Lele had told Press Trust of India back then.
“It is standard practice (suspension) after you receive a complaint of sexual harassment,” a BCA source added.
Atul Bedade was suspended back in March
An inquiry was initiated against Bedade by the Baroda Cricket Association. However, the complaint was later withdrawn by the complaining and the BCA had also lifted off their suspension on Tuesday.
Despite the development, the Association still went ahead and removed considering the ‘sensitivity of the matter and in the interest of the BCA’.
“An inquiry was conducted against Bedade after some women players accused him of harassment. His suspension has been withdrawn but the apex council decided to not take his services anymore,” reckoned Satyajit Gaekwad, chairman of Baroda Cricket Association’s press and publicity committee.
Atul Bedade represented India in 13 One Day Internationals in 1994 where he racked up 158 runs at an average of 22.57. He had taken the charge of women’s team last year after having completed a stint with Baroda men’s team.