Wriddhiman Saha has been in the news for a while, be it the journalist controversy or the team selection controversy. When Saha was not selected for the Test matches for Sri Lanka’s tour to India, he did not take it well. The wicket-keeper spoke about some of the team’s internal conversations in public. He said that Rahul Dravid had asked him to consider retirement. He also said that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly assured him a place in the side after his half century in the first Test against New Zealand.
It has been understood that BCCI may ask questions to Saha on his outburst as he was a centrally contracted player and revealing internal conversations violates the rules. Clause 6.3 in contract group B, signed by Saha, was breached when Saha spoke on the matter in public. The clause says, “Player shall not make any comments about the game, officials, incidents that happened in the game, use of technology, selection matters or any other matter related to the game which is in opinion of the BCCI is adverse to and /or not in the interest of the game, team or BCCI in any media.”
As reported by NDTV Sports, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal said that BCCI may question Saha. “Yes, there is a possibility that BCCI could ask Wriddhiman as to how he spoke on selection matters being a centrally contracted cricketer. As far as the president is concerned, he had tried to motivate him. The board might like to know what made him go public with his dressing room conversations with coach Dravid. So will BCCI serve a formal show-cause notice or ask him verbally about the issue? We haven’t yet decided on the matter. We are all busy but a call will be taken on a few days.”
The 37-year old was involved in another controversy, where he posted a screenshot of messages from a journalist on his Twitter account. Saha ignored a few messages from the journalist who was asking him to give an interview. After not getting any response, the journalist threatened Saha and said that this will not go down well for him.