Gavaskar slams BCCI for u-turn on his contract

December 13th, 2011 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has blasted the cricket board after its refusal to pay him $1 million fee per season for media activities involving the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The decision was taken at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) working committee meeting here Monday.

“BCCI has made a u-turn on my contract. I am baffled after reading reports that BCCI has refused to pay me my dues and my faith in BCCI has been shaken,” Gavaskar told NDTV.

Gavaskar said he got an assurance from BCCI president Sharad Pawar that his dues will be cleared.

“Sharad Pawar and Arun Jaitely both promised me on phone that my dues will be cleared. In fact, Sharad Pawar and Lalit Modi had promised me a Rs.4 crore IPL contract in 2007,” he said.

Gavaskar also criticised BCCI on Anil Kumble’s resigning from the chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

“When someone of his (Anil’s) credibility speaks about a programme then one should always discuss it properly. You may not agree with him 100 per cent but one should look at what he says. He has played the game at the highest level and has also suffered from injuries. So if he had a plan, it must have been for the benefit of players. The board could have told him that look this is expensive but we can try and make certain adjustments,” he said.

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