T20 manager suspended for seeking sexual favours

Published: Friday, June 19, 2009, 9:00 [IST]
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Vijayawada: Another ugly chapter has been added to Indian cricket after its shameful exit from T20 World Cup. India team manager during the T20 World Cup in England, V Chamundeshwarnath who is also the general secretary of Andhra Cricket association has been suspended for various misdemeanours, including allegedly seeking sexual favours from women cricketers.

"The Executive Committee of the ACA unanimously decided to exclude him from discharging his duties following allegations of corruption and favoritism in team selection," ACA President G Gangaraju told reporters over phone from Vijayawada.

The ACA has also conveyed the decision to "exclude" Chamundeshwarnath to the BCCI, he said.

Chamundeshwarnath faces allegations of corruption in the purchase of chairs for an IPL match, which was planned to be organised in Visakhapatnam, Gangaraju said.

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An enquiry committee report found irregularities in the purchases made by Chamundeswaranath for the stadium in Visakhapatnam. The report apparently claimed that a chair which he bought for Rs 1,350 does not cost more than Rs 600. Chamundi had bought 24,000 chairs at that price and the executive decided to seek an explanation from him for misuse of ACA funds.

He also allegedly showed favouritism during selection of the players for under-19 squad and the womens team, he added.

A few women players complained to the association that the secretary had been harassing for sexual favours in return for a place in the team. It has been decided to issue a show-cause notice to Chamundi to prove his innocence and keep him under suspension till the case is finalised,'' said Gangaraju.


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