Ganguly declines to comment on Kale issue

Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata :Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday reserved his comment on the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to ban tainted batsman Abhijit Kale till the year end while former cricketers expressed surprise over the verdict.

"I will not comment on this matter," Ganguly said when asked for his reactions on the punishment handed out by the disciplinary committee of the Board.

Former Indian batsman and secretary of Indian Cricket Players Association Arun Lal, on the other hand, termed as "very sad" the fate of the first class cricketer.

"The boy has already lost one season and suspension till December 31 means he will lose this season as well," Lal said while hoping that the Board would reconsider its decision.

He, however, hastened to add in a cautious note that "I don't have any idea about what transpired at the meetings. So I can't really comment on the matter... can't say that the decision has been harsh".

But considering that the boy, who scored profusely in domestic first class cricket, would lose two consecutive seasons, "I can only say its (the whole episode) very sad".

The 30-year-old Maharashtra batsman has played only one One-day International but has performed creditably in domestic cricket having scored 24 centuries for an aggregate of 6806 runs.

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