Johannesburg: Indian coach Gary Kirsten who had caused a stir by 'sex advice' has taken a U-turn saying that he had never encouraged Indian players to engage in sexual activities before matches.
On Friday, an emotional Kirsten read out a prepared statement at a press conference ahead of India"s match against Pakistan at Centurion.
"My family and I have been deeply offended and hurt by the allegations that I encouraged the Indian players to engage in sexual activity before a match," Kirsten said.
Have sex, Kirsten tells Team India
"I would like to state that I never, and I repeat, never encouraged or told the team or any player to engage in any form of sexual activity.
"These allegations are absolutely not true and completely against my religious and moral beliefs.
"The leaked article was compiled by Mr Paddy Upton and provided information for the players on the relationship between sexual activity and sports performance. I never wrote the article and read it for the first time two days ago. It has never been and never will be part of team strategy.
"I have been deeply disturbed by these false allegations and wish to focus my attention on helping Team India have a successful Champions' Trophy," he concluded.
India begin their Champions' Trophy campaign with a clash against arch rivals Pakistan on Saturday.