'Pak masseur was thrown out due to security fears'

Published: Tuesday, August 3, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Thiruvananthapuram:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is awaiting the report from the Indian team manager, M N Dorai Rajan, on the presence of an 'unwarranted' person attached to the squad as masseur on its visit to Sri Lanka.

Stating this on Tuesday BCCI secretary S K Nair said from Thiruvananthapuram over the phone that he was forced to order the Pakistan masseur, Sohail Pape Abbas, out of the team hotel in Colombo because of security reasons.

"We were not aware of the presence of this unauthorised person with the team till reaching there (Colombo). Being the secretary of the BCCI, I cannot remain a mute spectator after having seen this man with the team wearing the India colours," Nair said.

"After all we are also concerned with the security of the team members," he pointed out.

Asked how the same man was seen with the Indian team members on the tour to Pakistan, he said it was a different matter as on any overseas visit the help of local cricket people are utilised in certain situations.

Nair had given Abbas a dressing down in front of everyone in the hotel lobby on the eve of the Asia Cup final at the Sri Lankan capital. He was in Colombo to witness India and Lanka contesting the final at the Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.

Abbas was part of the Indian team for three weeks in Sri Lanka at the behest of some squad members. The tour management had kept BCCI in the dark on the issue.

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