Kale~~s fate to be known by next week only

Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The three-member disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to meet only next week to decide on the fate of Maharashtra player Abhijit Kale accused of trying to bribe his way into the national team.

"We may meet only next week," one of the committee members Kamal Morarka said in Mumbai on Wednesday.

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and vice-president Ranbir Singh Mahendra, along with Morarka, the senior-most among the five BCCI vice-presidents, comprise the Board's disciplinary committee.

Moraraka was unable to attend the final hearing on the issue that took place in Kolkata on May 15. "I was in Delhi in connection with the elections," he explained.

Kale and the two national selectors, who had accused the player of trying to bribe his way into the Indian team, were heard by Dalmiya and Mahendra before it was decided to put off the committee's decision in the absence of Morarka.

Dalmiya had then told mediapersons that the committee will take a decision within seven days, but Morarka indicated on Wednesday it may be delayed a bit further.

At the last hearing, Dalmiya and Mahendra heard all the parties to the dispute - selectors Kiran More and Pranob Roy as well as Kale, who had allegedly tried to bribe the duo for getting into the Indian team bound for Australia last year.

Kale was given an opportunity to cross examine More and Roy and vice-versa. The two selectors had brought one witness each to prove their allegation. More had come with his wife while Roy brought his Mumbai-based friend Rajiv Gupta.

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