‘What has happened to Wriddhiman Saha in not acceptable’ – ICA strongly comes out in support of the wicketkeeper
The ICA also requested Saha to reveal the identity of the journalist.
Updated - Feb 22, 2022 2:57 pm
The Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) has come out in support of Wriddhiman Saha regarding a message he received from a journalist. The journalist had threatened Saha that he will never interview him and will also not take any insult kindly.
The President of the ICA, Ashok Malhotra said that he acknowledges that media plays an important role in the growth of a cricketer, but even the media should not cross the line. Malhotra also clearly added that what happened to Wriddhiman Saha is not acceptable.
“We acknowledge the fact that the media plays a very important role both in the growth of our game and the players but there’s always a line that must never be crossed. What has happened in Saha’s case is totally unacceptable and we call for the respective press organizations too to take up the matter and ensure such things are not repeated,” said Ashok Malhotra, the President of the ICA.
At the ICA, our foremost concern is the welfare of the cricketers: Ashok Malhotra
Ashok Malhotra also added that the ICA focuses on the welfare of cricketers and they will not allow the journalists to behave in this manner. Requesting Saha to reveal the identity of the journalist, the ICA also added that they will support the BCCI if they want to cancel the accreditation of the journalist.
“At the ICA our foremost concern is the welfare of cricketers, past and present, and we cannot accept such behaviour from anyone let alone a journalist. We are fully with Saha and request him to reveal the journalist’s name. Should the BCCI feel the need to cancel the erring journalist’s accreditation and access to any BCCI event, we will fully support the move,” added Malhotra.
Also, the Secretary of the ICA, Hitesh Majumdar stated that they will offer support to Saha at this juncture. “We would offer our full support to Saha at this juncture. No player should be subjected to such ‘threats’ from anyone in the media or elsewhere. We urge the media also to come out in support of Saha and ensure that these sorts of issues don’t crop up again,” concluded Hitesh Majumdar.
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— Indian Cricketers' Association (@IndCricketAssoc) February 22, 2022