Deepak Hooda in verbal battle with Krunal Pandya, leaves Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament

Deepak Hooda has left the team's hotel.

Deepak Hooda (left) and Krunal Pandya (right).

Baroda team suffered a big blow as their Vice-Captain Deepak Hooda withdrew himself from Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. Hooda left just a day before Baroda’s first match following a verbal scuffle with the skipper Krunal Pandya. The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has sought a report from the manager in the wake of the same.

However, this is assured that there will be no replacement for Hooda in the 22-member squad, as the players are staying in a bio-bubble. This has put the team and their coach in a dilemma.

Hooda has played for Baroda for long

Hooda, in an email to the BCA, said: “I am playing cricket since the last 11 years for Baroda Cricket Association. At present, I am selected for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. I am demoralised, depressed and under pressure.

“At least for the last couple of days, my team captain Mr Krunal Pandya is using abusive language against me in front of my teammates and also other states’ teams who have come here for participating in the tournament.”

Hooda further wrote: “He (Pandya) stopped me during practice showing his dadagiri.”

The skipper Krunal Pandya hasn’t yet reacted anything to the complaint.

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