Atul Bedade, the Head Cricket Coach for Baroda Women’s Cricket Team has been suspended by the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) on Sunday after allegations of sexual harassment were put up against him. In the suspension letter provided to Bedade by BCA, specific allegations are not listed; however, the nature of the allegation is mentioned.
As reported by the media, the nature of allegations put up against Atul include “Personal comments on physicality”, “Comments that discourage the morale of team members”, “Angry outbursts unbecoming of a women’s team coach and using unparliamentary language that is not accepted of a person in-charge”, and “Behaviour oblivious of gender sensitivity”
BCA secretary, Ajit Lele has spoken to the media, establishing that a probe committee will be formed to look further into the matter. Meanwhile, Bedade said the allegations came up as a surprise to him, and he will definitely be addressing the media soon with his side of the story.
“This has come to me as a surprise. This is all baseless and false allegations. I will put my side forwards soon,” Atul was quoted saying.
Bedade has been the head coach of Baroda Women’s Cricket team since April 2019. He ha also represented India in 13 ODI during the 1990s.