The BCCI could ask veteran goalkeeper-slugger Wriddhiman Saha for an explanation for his recent outburst against board chairman Sourav Ganguly and head coach Rahul Dravid after he was left out of the Indian team as he believes he has broken protocols for central under contract cricketers breached.
Saha, who is Group B of the central contracts with an annual advance of Rs 3 crore, was found to be in breach of clause 6.3.
“The player may not make any comments about the game, officials, in-game incidents, use of technology, selection matters or any other matter related to the game that the BCCI deems to be prejudicial and/or not in the interest of the game, the teams or the BCCI to any media…”, the clause says.
the specific comments Saha has made in the media is on his selection and his private conversations with Dravid, the chair of selectors Chetan Sharma and Ganguly.
“Yes, there is a possibility that BCCI Wriddhiman could ask how he spoke about selection matters as a central contract cricketer,” BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal told PTI on Thursday.
The 37-year-old, whose national team career was almost over after being told by the team management that it was now a question of nurturing a younger goalkeeper, has since also made public what are alleged to be “threatening” WhatsApp messages from a journalist, without naming names .
WHAT DID HIM GO PUBLIC?
While the BCCI supported Saha in messages from the unnamed journalist, the parent association is apparently dissatisfied that he made a private conversation with Dravid public and also made critical mention of the BCCI President.
“As for the president, he tried to motivate him. The board may want to know what made him go public with his dressing room talks with coach Dravid,” Dhumal said.
So will BCCI issue a formal notice on the occasion or verbally ask them about the issue?
“We have not yet decided on this matter. We’re all busy, but a call will be answered in a few days,” he said.
Many in the BCCI believe that Saha should not make his conversations with Dravid public as it has damaged his image a bit.
“Rahul Dravid said he is not injured but wanted to communicate clearly with the player. It’s a private conversation and even if he was hurt he should have kept quiet.
“Dravid became a bigger person because Saha showed the head coach in a bad light,” said a senior BCCI official.