The Baroda cricket team suffered a blow on the eve of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as its vice-captain, Deepak Hooda, withdrew from the tournament after an alleged argument with captain Krunal Pandya.
Baroda vice-captain Deepak Hooda
In a letter to the Baroda Cricket Association – a duplicate of which is in possession of Hooda, who has featured in 46 first-class and 123 T20s for Baroda, mentioned that Krunal ‘abused him’ during a practice session at the Reliance Stadium on Saturday.
“I’m taking part in cricket since the final 11 years from Baroda Cricket Association. At current, I’m chosen for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. I’m demoralised, depressed and beneath stress. As from final some days and at the least from a final couple of days, my group captain Mr Krunal Pandiya is utilizing abusive language to me in entrance of my team-mates and likewise different states groups who’ve come for participation at Reliance Stadium Vadodara,” Hooda wrote within the letter.
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It’s believed that Hooda and Krunal obtained concerned in a heated argument throughout a coaching session, the place the India international allegedly threatened and abused Hooda. “At present, I used to be practising in nets and doing my preparation for tomorrow’s sport with the permission of Head Coach Mr. Prabhkar. Then Krunal got here in nets began misbehaving with me. I instructed him that I’m doing my preparation with the permission of the head coach. He instructed me that ‘I’m the captain, who’s the pinnacle coach? I’m the general of Baroda group. Then he stopped my follow displaying his Dadagiri,” Hooda alleged.
“He’s attempting to drag me down on a regular basis. He’s threatening me how you’ll play for Baroda, I’ll see you. I’ve by no means seen such an unhealthy environment in my cricketing profession until date. I’ve represented in any respect ranges of cricket from Baroda cricket Affiliation solely. Additionally, I’m taking part in IPL from the final 7 years. I’ve obtained a piece of excellent information additionally in my cricketing profession until date,” the seasoned campaigner mentioned.
Hooda performed for Kings XI Punjab within the IPL this season. “I’ve performed quite a lot of cricket with nice international players and captains as properly until date. However I by no means face such a foul behaviour given by a group captain. I’m a group man and I all the time hold my group above me… In view of the above information, I’m unable to play and carry out my finest beneath circumstances the place each time our Baroda group captain poking me and disturbing me in my preparation,” Hooda, who has been a part of India-U19, India A group, up to now mentioned.
Sources near the event confirmed that Hooda has already left the group’s bio-bubble on Saturday night.
Neither Krunal nor Hooda had been out there for a remark. BCA secretary Ajit Lele instructed this publication that they’ve already requested for a report from the supervisor. “I’ve sought a report from the group supervisor by Sunday. As soon as we obtain that, we will determine the longer-term plan of action,” Lele mentioned.