Gavaskar taken by surprise by BCCI's decision

Published: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 12:04 [IST]
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'BCCI never informed me': Gavaskar

Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has said that he was completely unaware of the BCCI's decision to remove him from the reconstituted IPL Governing Council.

Gavaskar also reportedly said that their have been false stories spread against him that he had asked for Rs five crore to sit on the panel of the council.

"Nobody from the BCCI has contacted me. This is a news to me which has come through different news channels. I don't even know what has happened. I have not heard anything and I still don't know whether I am in or out of the Governing Council.

"Also canards have been spread against me and if that is so, then it's unfair towards me. It's an honour and duty to serve Indian cricket in any capacity. I did not take a single penny from the Board when I worked for them in different capacity," Gavaskar told a news channel.

In the 81st BCCI Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, the board had made major changes in the IPL T20 Governing Council. Gavasker was then dropped from the Council while interim chairman Chirayu Amin was appointed as full-time chief of the T20 league.

The BCCI did not give any reason for dropping Gavaskar from the council but there was speculation that it could be a result of the Board's decision to not pay the cricketers, who were earlier getting Rs one crore a year, in the panel.

Board chief Shashank Manohar, when asked about reports that Gavaskar had asked for crores to be part of the panel, said: "you have to ask Mr Gavaskar about it".

Gavaskar said as far as Indian cricket is concerned, he would love to get associated with it in any form without charging a single penny from the board.

"I will get associated with it (cricket) if board asks me to do so. It's a privilege and I have no issues. What I am today is because of cricket.

"I didn't take a single penny when I was the coach of the Indian team, as the consultant of the Indian team, as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy, as the chairman of the other committees of the BCCI. I don't know from where all the stories are doing round that I am asking for money," Gavaskar clarified.

Meanwhile, Gavaskar, though not being part of the revamped IPL Governing Council, was retained as the chairman of the BCCI's Technical Committee along with two other former India captains, Sourav Ganguly and senior selection panel chief Krishnamachari Srikkanth.


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