BCCI stays mum on players’ no-show at ICC Awards

September 15th, 2011 - 7:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Sep 15 (IANS) The Indian cricket board Thursday refused to comment on the team’s no-show at the International Criket Council’s (ICC) award function in London three days ago.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty refused any comment on the issue saying that the “event is over”.

“I will not comment on that. Haroon (Lorgat) has said whatever he had to. BCCI has decided not to comment on it now. The event is over,” Shetty told reporters here.

The Indian team has been criticised for skipping the award function despite being present in London. Team officials said the invitation for the function was not sent to them as per protocol, but ICC said the invitation was sent to BCCI two months in advance.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat blamed the BCCI squarely for the controversy.

“It was quite disappointing that the Indian team did not attend the Awards function last (Monday) night. I know for a fact that my team had invited them some months back. We probably have confirmation of their likely attendance and in fact the very date was scheduled around their availability in London. Well, they haven’t and the England team has attended,” Lorgat had said.

“I know for a fact that they were invited. We sent those invitations through the BCCI. Perhaps that’s the question which should be asked to the BCCI,” he said.

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