Sanju Samson let off with warning by KCA, father asked to stay away

Sanju Samson had been dropped by Kerala on disciplinary grounds halfway through the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season © PTI

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has let off Sanju Samson with a warning for his alleged misconduct during a Ranji Trophy match, with a rider that his father Viswanadh will not be allowed to “interfere with his son’s cricketing activities.”

Sanju had left the team dressing room in the middle of a Ranji Trophy match earlier this season and then refused to apologise. Things turned from bad to worse after his father Viswanadh allegedly abused former KCA secretary TC Matthew.

Subsequently KCA dropped him from the team on disciplinary grounds. The matter was placed before an enquiry committee and the report was submitted to central council, which let off Samson with a stern warning after both father and son tendered an unconditional apology.

“We had a central committee meeting on Sunday. Sanju is an emerging star and youngsters in Kerala follow him,” the association’s new secretary, Jayesh, told PTI. “We told him in no uncertain terms that his behaviour was unacceptable. He has tendered an apology. Also we have told him that his father should not be seen during training sessions.

“He [father] used to accompany him for training and would be near the ground. We don’t want him to interfere in Sanju’s cricketing activities. A pushy parent sets a bad example and also it creates problems for other team members.”

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