The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to investigate the screenshot of threatening messages sent to Wriddhiman Saha by an unnamed journalist. The senior India wicketkeeper took to Twitter on February 19 to share his screenshot Conversation with the journalist who appeared to be threatening the cricketer for not agreeing to speak to him about the Test snub.
The Indian Cricketers Association has also taken up the matter with BCCI top officials, calling for an investigation to protect the interests of other players from such bullying in the future, Peppystores has learned.
The BCCI will likely ask Wardhiman Saha to confirm the turn of events during his call with the journalists, and may even ask to identify the person in question. Remarkably, Saha did not name the journalist in his social media post.
Sharing the screenshots of the news, Saha wrote on Twitter: “After all my coverage of Indian cricket…this is what I expect from a so-called ‘respected’ journalist! This is where journalism has gone (sic).” In a one-way exchange of messages, the journalist was seen telling Saha that he was hurt because the wicketkeeper didn’t respond to his calls and that he didn’t take insults well.
Notably, Pragyan Ojha, who is the ICA’s representative on the BCCI Apex Council, was one of the many alumni Cricket players condemning the messages the threat against Saha, calling for a boycott of said journalist.
Please call him Wriddhi! I promise you, as the players’ representative, that I will make sure our cricket community boycotts this so-called journalist!! https://t.co/XmorYAyGvW
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 20, 2022
It is understood that the BCCI can decide to punish the journalist or the person concerned can apologize to the cricketer.
Saha has received numerous messages of support as former cricketers including ex-head coach Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag and RP Singh have reacted harshly to threats against the senior Indian wicketkeeper.
India did not select Saha in the 18-man squad for the forthcoming 2-Test series and the wicketkeeper told the media he was told by team management and the selection committee that he planned to look beyond him and nurture a young wicketkeeper.
Head coach Rahul Dravid told the press after India’s 3-0 T20I success against the West Indies on Sunday that he was not at all hurt as Saha told the media about their conversation about the wicketkeeper’s future in Test cricket .
“Actually, I’m not hurt at all. I have great respect for Wriddhi and his achievements and contribution to Indian cricket. My conversation came from this place. I think he deserves honesty and clarity,” Dravid said.
Meanwhile, speaking to indiatoday.in, Saha’s childhood coach condemned the threatening messages and expressed shock at the way the journalist in question spoke to his community.
“Does anyone do that? He’s a senior cricketer who gave his all for the team. Several cricketers have condemned the way the journalist spoke to Saha. That’s very wrong, it sends a very bad message. That it’s not right,” coach Jayanta Bhowmik said on Monday.