MUMBAI: In a shocking move, the Wankhade curator, Sudhir Naik has filed a written complaint to the Mumbai Cricket Association against former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri. Naik in his complaint alleged that two Indian support staff members including Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun abused him following India’s defeat against South Africa in the fifth One Day International (ODI) on Sunday at the Wankhade Stadium.
“We have received a letter from Sudhir Naik where he has alleged that two Indian team support staff members Shastri and Arun had a heated argument with him post the India versus South Africa game. The matter will be put up in the next MCA managing committee meeting,” MCA joint-secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar was quoted as saying in a media report.
Following the second biggest defeat for India, in terms of score, Ravi Shastri is believed to have sarcastically complimented Naik saying, ‘great wicket’ and the star commentator reportedly followed that with an expletive leading to a heated argument. However, Shastri has denied using abusive language.
The BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur stated that the Board will look into the matter. Thakur explained that the Standard Operating Procedure will take place in the same way that it was done when Virat Kohli had abused a journalist earlier this year in Perth during the World Cup.
“We will look into the details of Team Director (Shastri) allegedly confronting curator of Wankhede Stadium. We had done the same in (sic) Australia (without referring to incident of apparently Kohli and Indian journo). Same yardstick will be applied,” Thakur told media.
According to reports, Ravi Shastri did not like the flat track that was presented by former Indian opener Naik and he also reportedly expressed displeasure at the nature of the strip.