Team manager demands probe on masseur issue

Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:M N Dorrai Rajan, manager of the Indian cricket team during the Asia Cup, on Tuesday demanded a probe into the presence of a masseur from Pakistan in the team's dressing room during the six-nation competition in Sri Lanka.

Karachi-based masseur Sohail Ahmed spent close to two weeks with the team in a Colombo hotel and travelled with the players in the team bus before being asked to leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on July 28, three days before the final.

"Such a thing did not happen for the first time with the team. So the Cricket Board should have directed me when they appointed me the manager. Now they must hold a probe to find out who is guilty," Dorrai Rajan told PTI over phone from Nagpur.

"I am ready to face any inquiry and am ready to face any consequences if I am held responsible. I must not allow any one to make me a scapegoat," he said.

The manager said he first saw Sohail with the players during a practice match soon after the side's arrival in Sri Lanka, but he came to know that he was staying in the team hotel only three or four days later.

He also did not notice anything "objectionable" in Sohail's activities through out his stay with the team.

"He seemed to be a harmless character and the players had no problem with him."

Dorrai Rajan said he did not object to his presence in the dressing room "since the players also appeared to be enjoying his company".

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