E-mail could have been leaked deliberately: Pawar

Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Joining the war of words on Greg Chappell's e-mail to the Cricket Board, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, a front runner for the BCCI President's post, today claimed that the message could have been "deliberately leaked" to divert attention from the acrimonious Annual General Meeting in Kolkata.

"It could be a deliberate attempt. But I have no authentic report" Pawar told PTI here.

Chappell's confidential e-mail to top BCCI officials in which he said that captain Sourav Ganguly was physically and mentally unfit and accused him of dividing the team, was leaked to a daily in Kolkata, giving a sensational twist to the stand-off between the coach and the captain.

The report of Chappell's e-mail coincided with the Board's acrimonious AGM which was ultimately postponed for two months amidst indications that a compromise had been worked out between the two factions.

But Pawar, a key figure in the anti-Dalmiya faction, played with a straight bat when confronted with questions on his candidature for the President's position, a post which he lost out in controversial fashion in the elections last year.

Asked if he would withdraw from the election fray if differences between the two factions were sorted out amicably, he said "neither did I announce my candidature nor my withdrawal".

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