India’s wicket-keeper batter Wriddhiman Saha, who was recently dropped from the Indian team had hit headlines for the wrong reason. While the player shared a screenshot of a journalist allegedly threatening him on Whatsapp without taking names, he also made some statements that breached his contracts.
And for that reason, BCCI may now question the wicket-keeper batter for explaining his comments against BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and national coach Rahul Dravid.
“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,” Dhumal added.
Saha’s recent outpouring on social media turns out to be a violation of his centrally contracted players by the BCCI. The 37-year-old had bagged the Group B contract that paid him INR 3 crores in annual retention. But the cricketer seemed to have violated clause 6.3 of that contract.
Clause 6.3 of the BCCI’s annual contract mentions, “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 the opinion of the BCCI is adverse to and /or not in the interest of the game, team or BCCI in any media.“
Saha had revealed about his old Whatsapp conversation with the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly who had congratulated the former following his fighting knock of 61 runs against New Zealand last year.
“After scoring 61 against New Zealand at Kanpur, Dadi (Ganguly) congratulated me over WhatsApp and mentioned, ‘As long as I’m here (helming the BCCI), you would be in the team’. Such a message from the BCCI president really boosted my confidence. What I’m struggling to understand is how things have changed so fast,” Saha told the Sunday Express.
It is to be seen how the events unfold when BCCI questions the veteran keeper for his comments about the private conversations with head coach Rahul Dravid, Chetan Sharma, and Sourav Ganguly. Wriddhiman Saha was one of the four players who were left out of the Test series against Sri Lanka earlier this month.