In a sensational twist to the ongoing Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)-Wriddhiman Saha saga, the Indian wicketkeeper has shared on Twitter a screenshot of insulting and threatening messages that he has allegedly received from a prominent journalist. Though he has not named the journalist, he has been invited to do so by several Twitter users, including his former teammates.
Saha shared the screenshot of the messages after he was dropped from India’s Test squad for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka, coming up from March 4. Among the first cricketers to publicly show their support was Virender Sehwag, followed by former India coach Ravi Shastri, who has tweeted that it is “shocking a player being threatened by a journo” and asked BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to look into the matter.
“Shocking a player being threatened by a journo. Blatant position abuse. Something that’s happening too frequently with #TeamIndia. Time for the BCCI PREZ to dive in. Find out who the person is in the interest of every cricketer. This is serious coming from ultimate team man WS,” Shastri tweeted on Sunday night.
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In separate tweets, former India cricketers Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh have insisted that Saha name the journalist in question.
“Please name him wriddhi! I promise you as a representative of players, I will make sure our cricket community boycotts this so called journalist!!” Ojha tweeted, while Harbhajan wrote, “Wridhi you just name the person so that the cricket community knows who operates like this. Else even the good ones will be put under suspicion.. What kind of journalism is this?”
India’s squads for the Test and T20 series against Sri Lanka were announced on Saturday. Among those who did not find a place in them were Saha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and Ishant Sharma.
In a controversial development, Saha later revealed that the team management headed by head coach Rahul Dravid had told him to “think about retirement” as he would not be considered for selection henceforth. The wicketkeeper-batsman also claimed that Sourav Ganguly had messaged him following his knock of 61 in the first Test against New Zealand in November 2021, assuring him of a place in the team “as long as I’m here (as BCCI president)”.