Atul Bedade suspended as Baroda women’s team coach for ‘sexual harassment, public shaming’
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: March 21, 2020 11:58:04 pm


Atul Bedade (left) was the top coach of the Baroda girl’s cricket team for the 2019/20 season. (Baroda Cricket Association)

Atul Bedade has been suspended by the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) following complaints that fall beneath the purview of sexual harassment and public shaming.

The hard-hitting batsman, who had performed 13 ODIs for India in 1994, had been the coach of the Baroda women’s cricket team for the 2019/20 season.

A suspension letter by the BCA issued on Saturday acknowledged that the complaints towards Bedade included making “personal comments on physicality to personal menstruation; comments that discourage the morals of the team members; angry outbursts unbecoming of a women’s team coach and using unparliamentary language that is not accepted of a person-in-charge; behaviour oblivious of gender sensitivity.”

Bedade had been moved to the women’s team from the Baroda males’s team final season. According to stories, the complaints towards Bedade have been lodged by some members of the Baroda women’s team and their households.

A batsman identified for his penchant to hit boundaries, Bedade had labored and performed alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli for Sungrace Mafatlal (an attire model) within the early 1990s, later shifting to umpiring, pitch curation and training.

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