MCA shocked over Hiken suspension
The Mumbai cricketing fraternity was taken aback after BCCI found batsman Hiken Shah guilty of making a “corrupt approach” to a fellow player during the last IPL and suspended him with immediate effect.
“It’s a shocking piece of news for me. We still can’t believe that <g data-gr-id="31">Hiken</g> could be involved in such a thing,” said a stunned Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Dr PV Shetty said.
Did at any point in time he found something suspicious in <g data-gr-id="29">Hiken’s</g> behaviour?
“Never ever. I always found him to be a good sincere boy. At this point I would not like to comment as BCCI will carry out a complete investigation,” Dr Shetty said.
In <g data-gr-id="38">fact</g> the news is yet to sink in for many who have seen the cricketer from close quarters. “When Ankit Chavan was found guilty of spot-fixing, I found it difficult to believe that a boy like Ankit could have been involved in such a nasty act. Now it’s Hiken, who was this quiet unassuming boy,” a former Ranji player from Mumbai said.
A Gujarati boy, <g data-gr-id="30">Hiken</g> was one of those quintessential players who slogged it day in and day out in confines of domestic cricket.
“A decent left-handed batsman with loads of patience. He was a typical Mumbai “<g data-gr-id="33">khadoos</g>” (a term for <g data-gr-id="35">gutsy</g> fighter in Mumbai cricketing lingo) cricketer. He was not very talented and also failed to cement a permanent place as his 37 <g data-gr-id="34">first class</g> matches would suggest. His batting was effective without being attractive,” the cricketer added.
What people in Mumbai cricket fraternity are finding tough to understand is as to what drove him towards this criminal act.