The Kerala Cricket Association has issued a show-cause notice to Sanju Samson for breaching the BCCI Players’ Code nof Conduct during the ongoing Ranji Trophy season and has appointed a four -member committee to probe the allegations. Samson has subsequently been dropped for Kerala’s ongoing match against Tripura in Cuttack for disciplinary reasons.
KCA secretary TN Ananthanarayanan alleged Samson had misbehaved on several occasions during the season. He is also said to have left the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai without informing the management while the game against Goa was in progress.
“After he was out for 0 in the second innings, he returned and broke his bat in the dressing room,” Ananthanarayanan said. “He then went out without informing anybody in the middle of the match and came back only at 8 or 9 pm. We didn’t tell BCCI or anybody else regarding this because he is an upcoming player and we want to encourage him. But, he hasn’t been co-operating with the team management.” (Australia vs Pakistan: Mickey Arthur compares young Babar Azam with Virat Kohli)
Ananthanarayanan said that Samson has complained about a knee injury ahead of the Tripura game and wanted to go to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for rehabilitation. He said prevailing fitness issues with the squad- Akshay Chandran, Akshay KC and Jalaj Saxena were all injured and their availability for the eighth round was uncertain – played a hand in KCA not releasing him from the squad. (India vs England: Selectors retain Parthiv Patel for the fourth Test)
“Soon after he was dropped, Samson’s father, Vishwanadh Samson, came to Cuttack and insisted on taking his son back to Trivandrum.,” Ananthanarayanan said. “Sanju’s father called our president [TC Mathew] and used bad language against him.”
However, according to Times of India report, Vishwanath Samson admitted that he spoke to Mathew, but denied using any bad language.
“There is no truth in the allegation. Why should I abuse the KCA president who has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the game,” he asked. “I won’t play with my child’s future. I don’t know from where such baseless stories emanate.”
KCA secretary Ananthanarayanan said the inquiry commission will hear the matter by the middle of December. “[KCA vice-president] TR Balakrishnan is the chairman of the committee, which comprises Sreejith V Nair, S Ramesh, and P Ranganathan,” he said. “The committee has to decide by when Samson should respond to the show-cause.”
Samson is known for all-around skill. He is decent wicketkeeper-batsman and a young prospect for India. He started the new season with 154 and 47 in Kerala’s first two games. Before the Ranji season, he was with the India A team to tour Australia in July and August. He scored 147 runs in five innings , including two fifties, in the 50-over quadrangular tournament. Following the ODI series he played an unofficial Test match against Australia A where he managed to score 47 runs in two innings.