“If what I’ve heard in regards to the episode is true, it’s certainly stunning and disheartening”

Former India seamer Irfan Pathan threw his weight behind Deepak Hooda after the participant stormed out of Baroda camp alleging misbehaviour by captain Krunal Pandya, saying such incidents can have “antagonistic results” on a participant.

Hooda, who has performed 46 first-class matches, was miffed on the behaviour of Pandya, who has additionally represented India, through the latest camp for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

“In the course of the tough occasions of this pandemic whereby psychological well being of a participant is of utmost significance as they’ve to remain in a bio-bubble in addition to hold themselves centered on the sport, such incidents might have antagonistic results on a participant and ought to be averted,” Pathan mentioned in an announcement posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

Expressing shock over the incident involving the 2 gamers forward of the event, Pathan urged the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) to look into the matter. “Requesting all of the members of the BCA to look into this and condemn such actions since they aren’t good for the sport of cricket,” he mentioned.

Pathan, who performed 29 Assessments and 120 ODIs, additionally slammed the BCA for “overlooking” promising gamers.

“Being an ex-captain of Baroda and having mentored many children, I perceive how necessary it’s to have a harmonious atmosphere the place gamers can really feel secure, play freely and provides their finest for the crew,” he mentioned. “If what I’ve heard in regards to the Deepak Hooda episode is true, it’s certainly stunning and disheartening. No participant ought to be handled like this.”

Pathan, who was a part of the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning crew, spoke about younger gamers being neglected by BCA regardless of performing in recent times.

“Within the latest previous, there have been episodes whereby the deserving younger abilities who’ve carried out effectively and are beneath the age of 30 have been neglected for choice,” he mentioned. “Additionally, the likes of Aditya Waghmode, who was the best run-scorer for the Baroda crew within the final season of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scoring 364 runs and Swapnil Singh, who had all-round efficiency, scoring 216 runs and took 10 wickets, had been neglected.”


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