‘It was never my intention to harm somebody’s career’ - Wriddhiman Saha to not reveal journalist’s identity

Saha took to social media and shared a screenshot of threatening and insulting messages, which he received from a journalist.

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Wriddhiman Saha. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

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Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha has decided not to reveal the name of the journalist, who sent him threatening and insulting messages. Last week, the 37-year-old, who has been dropped from the Indian team for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, took to social media and shared a screenshot of an unnamed journalist, who wanted to interview him. As Saha didn’t respond, the journalist’s tone got harsher as he wrote, “you shouldn’t have done this.”

As Saha made the matter public, many members of the cricket fraternity come out in his support and urged him to name the journalist. Several reports even suggested that BCCI will investigate the matter. Reacting to the same, the Bengal cricketer said he hasn’t received any message from the board but even when they ask, he’ll not reveal the name as he doesn’t intend to harm anyone’s career.

I haven’t received any communication from the BCCI yet: Wriddhiman Saha

“I haven’t received any communication from the BCCI yet. If they ask me to reveal the name (of the journalist), I would tell them it was never my intention to harm somebody’s career, to pull a person down. That’s why I didn’t reveal the name in my tweet,” Saha was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

“That’s not the teaching of my parents. The main purpose of my tweet was to expose the fact that there’s someone in the media who does such things, disrespecting a player’s wish,” he added. The veteran cricketer also said he shared the screenshot as he didn’t want any other player to face such things.

“It wasn’t fair, which I wanted to tell through my tweets. He who has done it knows it very well. I posted those tweets because I didn’t want the players to face such things. I wanted to convey the message that what has been done was wrong and no one else should do it again,” said Saha further.

Meanwhile, former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha, currently the Indian Cricketers Association’s (ICA) representative on the IPL Governing Council, called Saha to know if the wicketkeeper wants to take any legal actions.

“Ojha called me and said, ‘I won’t ask you about anything which is personal. If you feel that you want to go further on this or pursue the matter legally, the BCCI would support you’. I told him that at the moment I wasn’t willing and gave him the reasons. He responded to it saying, it was completely my decision,” Saha said.