Deepak Hooda

Baroda Cricket Association suspend Deepak Hooda for current domestic season

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Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has suspended Deepak Hooda for this entire domestic season after the apex council sat down on Thursday even though some members opposed the cause.

Hooda walked out of the Baroda bio-bubble on the eve of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament after a spat with captain Krunal Pandya but that was not taken lightly by CEO Shishir Hattangadi. Hattangadi further wrote to Kings XI Punjab and the BCCI, citing misconduct, and now the apex council has decided to suspend Hooda for the ongoing season.

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“The apex council decided that Hooda won’t be considered to represent the Baroda team for the current domestic season. The decision was taken after considering reports from team manager and coach about the incident as well as communication with Hooda,” said Satyajit Gaekwad, chairman, BCA press and publicity committee.

“Hooda can again play for Baroda for the 2021-22 season,” Gaekwad told TOI.

Joint Secretary not on board with the Hooda decision

While Gaekwad spoke about the suspension and was firm about it, not everybody welcomed the decision, for BCA joint secretary, Parag Patel felt it was unnecessary.

“Hooda did the wrong thing by walking out of the team without discussing his issues with the management. But banning him for the entire season was unnecessary. He could have been reprimanded for his act and then allowed to play.”