BCCI Domestic cricket: Deepak Hooda joins Rajasthan after snubbing Baroda – After leaving Baroda, batsman Deepak Hooda has joined Rajasthan for the 2021-22 season. Hooda shot a letter to the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) asking to be relieved after being suspended on the grounds of indiscipline. He had accused Baroda captain Krunal Pandya of bad behaviour.
In the letter, Hooda requested the BCA to relieve him so that he could aim to “furthering my growth in my career and also I feel that my professional services can be utilised in a better manner”.
“We received a mail on the 13th of July from Deepak Hooda requesting for an NOC to allow him to play elsewhere. We have granted him an NOC signed by the Secretary, and have informed the Selection Committee and the coach of the development,” Shishir Hattangadi, the BCA’s chief executive officer said in the email to the apex council as per ESPNCricinfo.
Former India and Baroda all-rounder Irfan Pathan is disappointed with the entire saga. “How many cricket associations will lose out on a player who is in the Indian team probables list? Deepak Hooda leaving Baroda cricket is a huge loss. He could have easily given his services for another ten years as he is still young. As a Barodian It’s utterly disappointing!” Pathan tweeted.
In January this year, Hooda had left the team hotel hours before the start of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Hooda had informed the media that skipper Krunal Pandya had misbehaved with him.
Hooda recently featured in Indian Premier League 2021 for the Punjab Kings before the tournament was postponed.
The remaining half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is set to be played in the UAE from September 19 to October 15.