Do not jump to conclusion on Rahul issue: Bedi

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Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 15:47 [IST]
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Don't speculate on Rahul's issue: Bedi

Kolkata, Jul 23: Bishan Singh Bedi, known for his controversial remarks, the former Indian skipper has backed the leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, and said one should not 'jump to conclusion', as the Pune Warriors player was tested positive for consumption of drugs during a rave party at Juhu in the month of May.

When Bedi was asked to comment on Punjab bowler Rahul Sharma being tested positive for drugs and whether he needs to be banned from playing cricket, the former Indian skipper said, "Let's not jump the gun and rather see what actually it is."

"What guarantee you have that you are not going into speculation," he added.

Rahul Sharma, alongwith fellow player of Pune Warriors, Wayne Parnell tested positive for consumption of drugs during a rave party in May 2012 during the fifth edition of IPL.

Rahul Sharma, who is with the team in Sri Lanka fears arrest after being tested positive for consumption of drugs, was not included in the playing XI against Sri Lanka for the first ODI at Hambantota on Saturday.

After backing the leg-spinner, the legendary spinner Bedi welcomed BCCI's initiative to revive cricketing ties with arch rivals Pakistan and said it was a good move.

"It is good to restore the cricketing ties with our neighbour," he said.

When asked if he was aware of Cricket Association of Bengal's desire to appoint him as hte spin bowling coach, Bedi said "It is news for me," who was the chief guest of CAB's annual prize award distribution ceremony.

It is learnt that former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly had suggested that Bengal should have a specialist coach especially for slow bowlers and apparently Bedi's name made the cut.

If Bedi is appointed as Bengal's spin bowling coach, the team would definitely be benefitted as the aspiring spin bowlers will be groomed under the legendary spin bowler Bedi.


Story first published:  Monday, July 23, 2012, 12:15 [IST]
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