Punishment controversy rocks Indian Parliament
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2001, 3:22 [IST]
New Delhi: The controversy over the harsh punishment handed over to six Indian cricketers in South Africa for match offences had its echo in Parliament on Wednesday with a notice served by cricketer turned politician Kirti Azad seeking a pullout of the Indian cricket team from its tour.Azad told reporters that he had given a notice to the Lok Sabha Speaker G M C Balayogi in this connection and said he had the support of 40 to 50 MPs supporting his demand. A discussion on the notice is likely to take place when the House reconvenes on Thursday. "There are at least 40 to 50 MPs who support me. It's wrong to punish Sachin Tendulkar for cleaning the ball under conditions where the ground was wet and muddy," said Azad while expressing surprise at the Indian batting maestro coming under the scanner of match referee Mike Denness.