India domestic news February 22, 2017

Suryakumar Yadav picked for Vijay Hazare after issuing apology

Suryakumar Yadav wrote a letter of apology to the Mumbai Cricket Association © BCCI

Suryakumar Yadav has been added to Mumbai's 14-member squad for the 50-overs Vijay Hazare Trophy after he tendered an apology to the Mumbai Cricket Association for retweeting a post on Twitter that questioned his exclusion from the team for the Inter-state T20 tournament.

"The president has accepted his apology and he has been cleared to play in the Vijay Hazare tournament. Surya had sent a letter yesterday and met with the president [Ashish Shelar] today," MCA joint-secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar told ESPNcricinfo. "Surya wrote in his letter that such things wouldn't happen in the future. He also said that it was the agency [that manages him] that had retweeted the post."

The Mumbai batsman had earlier been asked to show cause and appear before the MCA's managing committee. Consequently, Suryakumar's selection for the Vijay Hazare Trophy inter-state one-day tournament had been withheld pending the committee's decision.

Khanvilkar said on Tuesday that players were not allowed to comment on selection decisions on social media. Suryakumar, 26, has been involved in a few controversies over the last few years. Last year, Suryakumar was let off with a warning for tweeting his displeasure at opener Jay Bista's omission from the Mumbai side for their semi-final game against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy. He had also quit as Mumbai captain midway through an underwhelming 2014-15 season. At that point he was reprimanded by MCA officials after some players complained against him for using abusive language on the field and in the dressing room.

Mumbai will take on defending champions Gujarat in the opening match of the tournament on February 25.

Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

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  • Sanjay on February 23, 2017, 12:18 GMT

    Nothing stops the media and the fans from questioning selections, it's really the media's job to ask questions and report. However, players cannot go around doing the same, it's contradictory to the term "professional" and undermines the selectors. A smart player can use his contacts in the media. There's also the issue of the dressing room, and don't forget the player who was selected in place of the disgruntled/frustrated finds himself in an uncomfortable position.

  • Olivier on February 23, 2017, 9:34 GMT

    Hate the way boards are running cricket now. Question why you're out of a side and your chance of getting back in without bending over and prostrating yourself before them is zero. The selectors and boards of today would have a nightmare trying to run anything in the 70's and 80's where players were themselves on and off the field and didn't bow down to anybody even when their livelihood was on the line with no t20 leagues to run off to back then.

  • arun on February 23, 2017, 6:13 GMT

    Agreed that team selection and umpiring are two of the most thankless jobs in cricket but the selectors need to be more transparent and give valid reasons for picking and dropping players. Established players, who are dropped, need to be told about the decision in advance. While players cannot go overboard with their reactions yet establishment must learn to cope with some criticism and frustration. Anyway all's well that ends well.

  • incogn3678149 on February 23, 2017, 3:19 GMT

    Suryakumar does seem like a bit of a hothead from the reports. However, selection does need to be transparent and in this case there is no justification of his omission. He has a right to question it - Most definitely. Even on social media, people can make up their own minds. It can't be a rule at any level that selectors make a decision and nobody can question it or show displeasure. What world are we living in!!

  • Sanjay on February 22, 2017, 23:54 GMT

    A good ending, I'm glad MCA didn't go overboard with the punishment altho I must admit I thought he would be suspended for at least one game. Meanwhile, Suryakumar needs to regain control of his twitter account or better yet, stop using it while he's a professional cricketer. It's happened twice now. 3rd time, he won't be so lucky.

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