Former Indian all rounder Irfan Pathan took to Instagram to express his displeasure over the recent problems in Baroda cricket. Pathan was once the captain of Baroda and is feeling horrible about the entire episode involving Deepak Hooda.
Hooda complained about his Baroda teammate Krunal Pandya abusing him and removed his name from Baroda’s Syed Mushtaq Alt T20 squad. Pathan believes that such treatment is really unfair on Hooda and no one should be treated like this.
“Being an ex captain of Baroda and having mentored many youngsters, I understand how important it is to have a harmonious environment where players can feel safe, play freely and give their best for the team,” Pathan wrote on his Instagram
“If what I have heard about Deepak Hooda episode is true, it indeed is shocking and disheartening. No player should be treated like this.”
Irfan Pathan was also baffled by Baroda leaving out last season’s top scorer for them Aditya Waghmode and all rounder Swapnil Singh who performed well too last season.
Pathan requested Baroda Cricket Association to look into the matter and make a very fair selection of players, believing that each and every player must be treated well.
“In the recent past there have been episodes wherein the deserving young talents who have performed well and are under the age of 30 have been overlooked during the selection. Also, the likes of Aditya Waghmode who was the highest run scorer of the Baroda team in the last season of Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy scoring 364 runs and Swapnil Singh, who had an all-round performance scoring 216 runs and took 10 wickets were overlooked,” he added.
“Requesting all members of the BCA to look into this and condemn such actions since they’re not good for the game of cricket.”