Samson let off with a stern warning

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has let off Sanju V. Samson with a warning that any future breach of discipline by the player will invite strict action from the association.

Sanju Samson with his father Samson Viswanadh.

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has let off Sanju V. Samson with a warning that any future breach of discipline by the player will invite strict action from the association.

The wicket-keeper batsman was issued a show cause notice for breaking his cricket bat and leaving the the dressing room in the middle of the match without permission during Kerala’s Ranji Trophy match against Andhra in Mumbai last season. The KCA had constituted a four-member committee to look into the alleged breaches of discipline by Sanju.

Sanju had tendered an apology before the committee which conducted the hearing last month. The committee submitted its report to the KCA’s central committee for further action. The central committee which met earlier this month accepted the recommendations of the committee and decided not to take any strict action against the player as it will jeopardise his career.

However, the KCA sources said that the player’s future conduct will be strictly monitored and strict action will be taken if he breaches the code of conduct again. The KCA has banned Sanju’s father Samson Viswanadh, who allegedly abused former KCA president TC Mathew and other KCA officials, from entering team hotel, dressing room, stadium and places where his son will be practicing. Samson Viswanadh was also banned from interacting with any KCA official, coaches and support staff without prior permission of the team manager or officials concerned.

Sanju was on Monday selected for the Kerala team for the South Zone Syed Mustaq Ali T20 cricket tournament.