The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to launch an enquiry against Krishnappa Gowtham, the Karnataka batsman citing disciplinary issues. The right-hander has also been removed from the squad of India ‘A’ that will take on New Zealand on October 17 and 19 in Mumbai. As his replacement, the leg-spinner Karn Sharma has been called up.
As per earlier reports, Gowtham had opted to stay out a Duleep Trophy match while playing for India Red as he was unwell. He had also provided a certificate of being unwell and stayed off the field on the fourth day of the opening match of the Duleep Trophy. But after a couple of days, he was seen playing in the ongoing Karnataka Premier League (KPL) for Belagavi Panthers against Bellary Tuskers on September 12.
Board is looking into the incident
Rahul Johri, the CEO of BCCI said that an enquiry has been set up to investigate the actions of Gowtham to skip the Duleep Trophy to take part in the T20 league. He believes it’s an insult to the system and a player can’t take the domestic tournament for granted.
“Gowtham opted out of the Duleep Trophy game during the first match and even produced a medical certificate that he was unwell. Two days later, he was found playing in the Karnataka Premier League. This is gross insult to the system. A player can’t take a national-level tournament for granted like this. The board is looking into this incident and till the enquiry is over, he will not be picked for India A team,” Johri was quoted by TOI on Wednesday.
Earlier, Karun Nair had also skipped a Duleep Trophy match and Johri said that matter will also be looked into. There is no clear decision on Nair as of now but Gowtham is certain to go through an investigation.