Indian Cricketers’ Association issues statement in favour of Wriddhiman Saha
The Indian Cricketers’ Association issued a statement on Tuesday condemning a journalist’s “threatening message” to wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha.
The ICA welcomed the BCCI’s decision to investigate the matter.
“We acknowledge the fact that the media plays a very important role both in the growth of our game and the players but there’s always a line that must never crossed. Therefore, what has happened in Saha’s case is totally unacceptable and we call for the respective press organisations too to take up the matter and ensure such things not repeat,” ICA President Ashok Malhotra said in an official statement.
On the same day he dropped from Sri Lanka’s Test team, Saha took to Twitter to share how a “respected journalist” contacted him for an interview and how the messages quickly escalated into threats.
“We would offer our full support to Saha at this juncture. No player should subjected to such ‘threats’ from anyone in the media or elsewhere. We urge the media to also come out in support of Saha and ensure that these sorts of issues don’t crop up again. Any interaction between a player and the media has always to be voluntary,” Hitesh Majumdar, the ICA Secretary said.
In his tweet, Saha had stated:
“After all of my contributions to Indian cricket.. This is what I face from a so-called ‘Respected’ journalist! This is where the journalism has gone.”
Earlier, Team India head coach Rahul Dravid confirmed that he spoke with Wriddhiman Saha earlier this year and told him that the management is trying to train a young wicketkeeper and that the Bengal cricketer’s time may be up.
Dravid’s clarification came a day after Saha spoke in the media about how Dravid proposed retirement as he wouldn’t selected for the longest format.
“I am not actually hurt at all, I have deep respect for Wriddhiman Saha. And his achievements and his contribution to Indian cricket. My conversation with him came from that place, I just felt that he deserved honesty and clarity. Moreover, I did not want him to learn about it from the media. These are conversations I constantly have with players and I am not hurt about it. I do not expect players to always like the messages. Or to agree with everything I have to say,” said Dravid during a virtual press conference.
“You have difficult conversations with people. Sometimes you need to have them with players and you do not expect them to agree with you every time. However, I truly believe in having those conversations every time playing XI is picked. Even now, Rohit and I will speak to the guys who are not playing. It is natural for players to get hurt and feel respect. Because of the respect I have for Wriddhiman, he deserved honesty and clarity,” he added.