Ponting arrives late, Bindra apologises

October 26th, 2008 - 10:04 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) Australian skipper Ricky Ponting arrived late for the International Cricket Council (ICC) function due to an extended net session at Ferozeshah Kotla, prompting an apology from the world’s organisation’s Principal Advisor Inderjit Singh Bindra to the sponsors here Sunday.Ponting was to receive the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship shield from Bindra, but he appeared almost an hour late for the function.

With media and the officials growing impatient, Australian media manager Philip Pope had to rush to call Ponting.

The venue for the function was initially fixed at the Taj Hotel but was changed Saturday evening, keeping in view the team’s practice session in Kotla.

Bindra then had to tender an apology to the Reliance officials, who were part of the function.

“I apologise to the sponsors for inconvenience. ICC is responsible to its sponsors. They are very important for us. It is certainly not an ICC culture and it will not happen in the future,” Bindra said with Ponting sharing the dias.

“There was a change of venue at a short notice and on behalf of ICC, I can say that this sort of thing would not happen again,” he said.

Ponting, after receiving the trophy, spoke about Australia’s performance last year but did not touch upon the issue.

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