The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) was forced to fine cricketer Sanju Samson and seven others with five team members suspended for dissent against captain Sachin Baby.
The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) was forced to fine cricketer Sanju Samson and seven others with five team members suspended for dissent against captain Sachin Baby.

Ahead to the 2018-19 Indian domestic season, The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) was forced to fine cricketer Sanju Samson and seven others with five team members suspended for dissent against captain Sachin Baby.

“There was a deliberate intention to defame the captain as well as KCA. Hence, it was unanimously decided to impose suspension on five and fine eight others for their misconduct,” said KCA secretary, Sreejith V Nair in a statement.

Earlier,  all the players were issued a show cause notice for raising a complaint Baby. The players had written a letter to the association casting doubts over Sachin’s leadership ability, accused him of being selfish and arrogant and pleaded for him to be sacked.

Following the allegations, a KCA committee conducted preliminary inquiry wherein it asked the players about their grievances. However, the committee established that the complaint was devoid of any basis and was driven by vested interested of some senior players.

Those who have been suspended for the next three one day matches and a penalty equivalent to three days BCCI match fee for one day matches are Raiphi Vincent Gomez, Sandeep Warrier, Rohan Prem, K Asif and Mohammed Azharuddeen.

Baby had led Kerala to the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy for the first time last year and had scored 328 runs in the season with two fifties to his name. In List A, Baby managed 252 runs at an average of 42.

Those who have been fined equivalent to three days BCCI match fee for one day matches are Abhishek Mohan, Akshay KC, Fabid Farook Ahmed, Nidheesh MD, Salman Nizar, Sijomon Joseph, VA Jagadeesh and Samson.

The players were instructed to remit the penalty amount to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund on or before September 15 and to submit a proof of remittance.

KCA has also decided to warn the players to refrain from such activities in future and any repetition of such offence by them will invite severe action.

(With IANS inputs)