KCA show causes Sanju Samson among others

A show cause notice has been issued by the KCA to 13 cricketers including Sanju Samson who were signatories to the letter written against Kerala captain Sachin Baby.

Sanju Samson is one of the 13 cricketers who have been issued a show cause notice by the Kerala Cricket Association.   -  K.R. Deepak

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has issued show cause notice to 13 cricketers including Sanju Samson who were signatories to the letter written against Kerala captain Sachin Baby.

The cricketers in the letter to KCA last month had accused Sachin Baby of being selfish and arrogant. The players wanted Sachin Baby to be removed as the captain.

The KCA commitee comprising president Sajan Varghese, secretary Sreejith V.Nair, treasurer K.M. Abdul Rahman, BCCI nominee Jayesh George and Cricket Operations Manager S.Ramesh conducted a preliminary hearing on Saturday. The players were given an opportunity to present their grievance before the committee.

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The committee after preliminary hearing found out that the allegations against Sachin Baby was a fabricated one and was staged by some senior players with vested interest. The committee also found out that senior players had ganged up against Sachin Baby and instigated junior players against him.

"We interviewed all players  and found out that the allegations were false. The players could have reported their grievance before the manager or in a proper forum when it happened. The alleged act by the captain took place last season when Kerala reached quarterfinals. We found it to be untrue as none of the players could prove these allegations. KCA cannot tolerate such indiscipline from the players," said Sreejith V.Nair.

The KCA also decided to issue separate show cause notice to Sanju V.Samson, Mohd. Azharuddin, Salman Nizar and K.C.Akshay for unauthorised absence from the team hotel during the KSCA tournament in Bengaluru last month. The four players went missing from the team hotel for two days without informing the manager.

The KCA had issued a showcause notice to Sanju V.Samson earlier for a similar offence.