Kale non committal as BCCI gags him up

Published: Saturday, May 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Tainted Maharashtra cricketer Abhijit Kale on Saturday refused to comment on a news report that he had tendered a written apology to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over his alleged attempt to bribe acouple of selectors for gaining a berth in the Indian team.

"No comments," the middle order batsman, who resides in Thane and plays for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy, said when contacted. "I have been told by the Board not to talk to the press," he added.

Kale, who has played in a lone One-day International, had been accused by two national selectors Kiran More and Pranab Roy of trying to bribe his way into the Indian team last year, and the final decision on the matter is now pending with the disciplinary committee of the BCCI.

The committee, comprising BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and vice-presidents Kamal Morarka and Ranbir Singh Mahendra, is to meet again on June 2 to decide the Maharashtra batsman's fate.

The committee had met twice earlier, on April 29 and May 15 in Kolkata, but Morarka did not attend the second meeting as he was busy with the elections.

The news report quoting unnamed, but reliable sources, said the player had apologised to the Board after admitting to the accusation that he had tried to induce the selectors, without offering money, to include him in the India team.

The report also claimed that the player had asked the Board to be lenient in its punishment, if any, as he's the sole bread winner in his family.

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