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Hanuma Vihari Shockingly Decides To Resign from Andhra Cricket After Unfair Treatment
By CricShots - Feb 26, 2024 4:33 pm
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Indian Test cricketer Hanuma Vihari took to Instagram to express his frustration and disappointment with the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA), announcing his decision to never play for Andhra again. Vihari, who has played 16 Tests for India, cited unfair treatment during the current domestic season, particularly highlighting an incident involving his resignation as the team captain after the first game.

Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari

In a heartfelt post following Andhra’s narrow 4-run loss to Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals, Vihari detailed the circumstances leading to his decision. He revealed that he was asked to resign as captain after an incident where he shouted at a player during a match against Bengal. The player, who happened to be the 17th member of the team, complained to his politician father, who, in turn, pressured the association to take action against Vihari.

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Despite the team’s commendable efforts, Hanuma Vihari expressed his frustration at being unfairly treated. He stated, “Although, we chased 410 against last year’s finalists Bengal, I was asked to resign from captaincy without any fault of mine.” The cricketer emphasized that he had never made personal comments against the player in question but felt unjustly targeted by the association.

 

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Hanuma Vihari, who played a crucial role in Andhra’s previous successes, felt embarrassed and humiliated by the association’s decision. He emphasized his commitment to the game and the team but noted that the association’s actions had led him to lose self-respect. The cricketer expressed love for the team and its growth but criticized the association for hindering progress.

In his final decision, Hanuma Vihari announced, “I’ve decided that I’ll never play for Andhra where I lost my self-respect. I love the team. I love the way we’re growing every season, but the association doesn’t want us to grow.”

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This decision comes after Andhra’s heartbreaking loss to Madhya Pradesh in the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy 2023-24 season. Vihari, who had played 37 First-Class games for Andhra, including a season at Hyderabad, has taken a strong stance against what he perceives as unfair treatment by the association.