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K Gowtham, ill for Duleep Trophy but fit for Karnatka T20 league, booted out of India A

K Gowtham had reported ill during the Duleep Trophy but was later playing in the Karnataka Premier League, leading to action being taken against him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

cricket Updated: Sep 21, 2017 20:19 IST
K Gowtham has been booted from the India A squad on disciplinary grounds after playing in the Karnataka Premier League despite being too ill for the Duleep Trophy.
K Gowtham has been booted from the India A squad on disciplinary grounds after playing in the Karnataka Premier League despite being too ill for the Duleep Trophy. (Twitter)

K Gowtham has been booted from the India A squad on disciplinary grounds by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the Karnataka all-rounder pulled out of a Duleep Trophy match to play in the Karnataka Premier League Twenty20 competition.

K Gowtham was picked in the India A squad to play two four-day games against the visiting New Zealand A. However, the BCCI replaced him in the side with leg-spinner Karn Sharma after deciding that the player pulling out of the premier first-class tournament was a ”gross insult to the system”, cricket website espncricinfo.com reported.

K Gowtham, playing for India Red, took a five-wicket haul against India Green in the Duleep Trophy opener in Lucknow on September 8. But he fell ill on the third day and couldn’t take the field on the final day.

He skipped the second game, producing a medical certificate that said he had typhoid. However, on September 12, he was in Mysore, playing for Belagavi Panthers in the KPL, where he is the highest-paid player in the league at Rs 7.2 lakh, the website said.

The BCCI is likely to hold a disciplinary inquiry into the matter, it added.

Gowtham, a right-handed batsman and off-break bowler, was flown to South Africa in August during the India A tour, as a replacement for spinner Jayant Yadav, who had to return home following his father’s death. He took four wickets in the second four-day game there.

There is all-round concern that T20 cricket and the riches it brings is eating into the relevant of first-class cricket. Duleep Trophy was not included in the BCCI’s domestic calender this year before Sourav Ganguly, who heads the technical committee, expressed surprise and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) stepped in to reinstate it.