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MP cricketer accuses former national selector Narendra Hirwani of using abusive language

MP Ranji cricketer Udit Birla has accused former Test cricketer and current chairman of state's selection committee Narendra Hirwani of abusing him during a telephonic conversation

Indore: Madhya Pradesh Ranji Trophy cricketer Udit Birla on Friday accused former Test cricketer and current chairman of state's selection committee Narendra Hirwani of using abusive language over a telephonic conversation regarding his exclusion from the team.

Birla, who had played 18 first-class matches had aggregated only 45 runs in three Vijay Hazare Trophy innings for MP and was subsequently dropped by selection committee under Hirwani's chairmanship.

Narendra Hirwani (right) with former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale at the Board office. PIC/MiD DAY Archive
Narendra Hirwani (right) with former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale at the Indian board's office in Mumbai. PIC/MiD DAY Archive

However Birla had filed a written complaint with MPCA regarding Hirwani's alleged objectionable language and the state association will conduct an inquiry into the matter.

"Udit Birla (25), the cricketer, has said in his petition to the MPCA that Hirwani used objectionable language," MPCA secretary Milind Kanmadikar told PTI.

He added,"MPCA is conducting a probe and we have written to Hirwani, asking him to present his version of the incident."

According to sources, Birla had sent a text message to the former international cricketer staking claim for inclusion in the state Ranji team which led to the incident.

On his Test debut against West Indies at then Madras in the 1987–88 season, Hirwani took world record haul of 16 for 136. Hirwani served as a national selector after his international career of 17 Tests and 18 ODIs ended. He could not be contacted for a comment.

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