BCCI has acted in haste, says Wadekar

Published: Monday, December 1, 2003, 23:13 [IST]
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Pune: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had acted in haste by suspending the Maharashtra batsman Abhijit Kale, charged with offering money to selectors, before giving him a chance to present his side, former Test player and former chairman of the national selection committee of BCCI, Ajit Wadekar said in Pune. Talking to journalists at a Meet The Press organised by the Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ), Wadekar said BCCI has not given a fair deal to Kale. "The charges levelled against him (by the two selectors Kiran More and Pranab Roy) of trying to bribe the selectors, are very difficult to prove and yet he was suspended. This should not have happened," he said. "This spoils the entire cricketing career of a good player. Since cricket is a profession, it can badly affect the player and the BCCI should have thought of that before suspending him without enquiry," he added. Replying to a question on selection process of the cricketers, Wadekar lamented that not much accountability was there adding, selectors should be made more accountable. He said had the BCCI called both Kale and the selectors and thrashed out the matter, the issue would not have snowballed like this. To another query he said during his time, the selector used to give considerable weightage to the opinion of the captain in matter of selections.

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