Melbourne: Australia's cricket selectors said Tuesday they did not know of allegations Shane Warne had given a stranger a kiss when they passed him over for Ricky Ponting as Australia's new One-day captain.
Australian Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Brendan McClements said the allegations had nothing to do with the surprise appointment of Ponting as captain in succession to Steve Waugh and Adam Gilchrist as his deputy. "The system for appointing captains and vice-captains is that the selectors recommend to the (ACB) directors who have the ultimate say," McClements said. "The selectors and directors weren't made aware of (the allegations) before those decisions were taken. Once the recommendation came forward from the selectors that they had nominated Ricky and Adam, Shane's name didn't arise in relation to captain or vice-captain." Warne has been accused of giving a teenage girl an unwanted kiss in Queensland's Gold Coast resort last month. He has denied the accusation. A man who allegedly demanded money from the ACB to keep quiet about the allegations is being investigated by police. No charges have been laid. The ACB would not name the cricketer at the centre of the allegations, but urged Warne to respond when named on television. "Once that happened, our view was that Shane should be stating his case loudly and clearly," McClements said.
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