Deepak Hooda, Baroda’s key batsman, has made the headlines after he left the team’s hotel following the verbal battles with skipper Krunal Pandya at a couple of instances. He left a day before Baroda’s first match and the commencement of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Baroda Cricket Association CEO Shishir Hattangadi has questioned the batsman’s gamesmanship and stated that the same will be informed to BCCI and the IPL Governing Council.
In the mail replied to Hooda, the Board said, “I am in receipt of your letter making yourself unavailable to play for Baroda. Firstly, by walking away from a responsibility of vice-captaincy and leaving the team because of a difference you have sent out a message that you hold yourself above the team and that embodies your attitude and commitment to your team.”
“As management we are disappointed that you have gone into the media and sought self sympathy rather than sorting out issues that a seasoned sportsperson like yourself ought to have done in such situations,” he wrote.
You have mentioned in your mail of how long you have served the association and how you call yourself a team man and yet showcased immaturity in the way you have handled an issue. You had no business to go to the media before stating your case with the team management, the association, the president and the secretary,” he said.
“I have had a chat with your franchisee and I have enough reason to decipher that we will make sure we write to the BCCI of your misconduct. As an association and being custodians of this game, we will follow a zero-tolerance policy on issues.”
“After feedback from the team management (and others) I have reason to believe we will take up this matter as seriously within the association as we will with the BCCI and the IPL Governing Council,” he pointed.
Hooda presented only one side of the story
“There is no team that does not have differences but to walk away and talk to the media giving only your side of the story is a case of seeking unwarranted publicity and putting self before the game,” he said.
“We accept your unavailability and will take necessary action in the best interest of the game, its values and the reputation of the Baroda Cricket Association.”