UNITED STATES CRICKET
The said incident took place during the Northern California Cricket Association game between Stanford Cricket Club and the Sunnyvale Cardinals on July 24 © USA Cricket
USAC Director of Men’s Players Srinivas Salver has been provisionally suspended from the Cricket Committee, the main body responsible for overseeing cricket operations in the country. The suspension comes following Salver’s alleged involvement in a public fight where he allegedly physically assaulted former United States player Saurabh Verma and fellow club cricketer Kenneth Nazareth.
The said incident took place during the Northern California Cricket Association match between the Stanford Cricket Club and the Sunnyvale Cardinals on July 24. According to Verma, Salver and a few Stanford players, including himself, exchanged swear words about a burnout incident during Stanford innings, at Salver’s instigation. The referees intervened to end the fight. However, things got out of hand when Verma fired Salver in the second inning of the match.
Verma points out that he sent a sendoff the same way and in the same language as Salver in the first innings of the game. A furious Salver grabbed Verma by the collar of his neck while immobilizing a Nazareth, Verma’s teammate. Cricbuzz attempted to reach Salver for his version of events which he chose not to respond to.
Four days later, Verma sent a strongly worded email to the chairman of the board’s cricket committee, Sushil Nadkarni, in which he reported the incident and demanded justice for Salver’s action. At a board meeting on August 1, Nadkarni introduced a motion to temporarily suspend Salver after Salver chose not to address Verma’s allegations at the board meeting. Salver was suspended with a vote tally of 5-2, with only Venu Pisike and Avinash Gaje choosing to side with Salver.
USA Cricket Female Player manager Nadia Gruny denounced Salver’s alleged unruly behavior in an email to the rest of the board, a copy of which was obtained by Cricbuzz. Gruny called the case “a very unpleasant and despicable reflection of leadership.” She added: “This in no way reflects the intent of this organization. This issue must be considered in light of what counsel will be defending. We are the leader of sport in this country and action must be taken immediately to eradicate this.
“In general, I am deeply concerned that there is an abusive culture within this organization. This incident is the manifestation of abuse at the top of our organization. There is no place for abuse and aggression in our organization. We need to adopt zero tolerance to these issues and do so with urgency. I call on the board of directors to eradicate the very abusive and toxic behaviors practiced.
Anyway, Salver was seen with the USA U19 women team during their training session at Lauderhill Stadium after the conclusion of the first India-West Indies T20I. To further stir the pot, two of the 5 directors (Suraj Vishwanathan and Ajith Bhaskar) who voted to oust Salver on Monday lost their re-election bids later in the week and have now been replaced by Atul Rai and Kuljit Nijjar. .
It is understood that the official date for the transition of power is set for August 15. If Salver seeks a new acquittal and reinstatement of his committee membership, responsibility may well fall on the newly elected trustees and Catherine Carlson (who chose to abstain from the Salver hearing), as their vote will effectively swing the pendulum into one way or the other.