Hours before the Rajasthan Royals faced the Kochi Tuskers in Indore on Sunday, Shane Warne told his girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley that he is ready to ‘expose’ Sanjay Dixit, the Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary with whom he has had a running feud.
Warne tweeted @PingPongHurley “hello pingers — I know you want to hear about all the things that dixit has promised to the royals but never delivered... but just wait till end of IPL and I will say everything he promised and went back on his word about the royals... unfortunately it's all about Dixit ego!”
Warne added, “lastly I have witness's to everything he promised”.
Dixit replied: “I want to hear them too. Be sure to back it up with evidence though.”
After the May 11 match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals, Warne lashed out at Dixit, calling him a “liar, cheat and egoist”.
Though no official statement has been made, sources close to the event say that apparently the former Australian spin legend was upset that Dixit backed out of an understanding between them — Warne will play local players and Dixit in turn will help to get wicket of his choice.
Though there is no confirmation who the players are, but going by the team sheet that was distributed before the match against the Royal Challengers, it seemed Deepak Chahar was a late inclusion. His name was scribbled in ink as the 20th member (see team sheet). Pankaj Singh, who was there in the squad and hadn’t played till then, was fielded in the playing eleven.
Questions were raised. Was there any reason to include a pacer in a line-up that already had seven pacemen and where the likes of Aussie Shaun Tait and Pankaj Singh, who has alos played for India, were struggling to get in?
Dixit had said he had no knowledge of the ‘deal’ Warne referred to during the altercation. According to sources, Warne and the Royals were not happy with the inclusion of many Rajasthan players in the initial list of probables.
There were five Rajasthan players in the squad of 25 and the trimmed squad of 19 had three from the state — Pankaj Singh, Ashok Menaria and Dishant Yagnik.
Sunday's war of words was triggered by Lalit Modi who re-tweeted from @notmitchjohnson “@sanjay_dixit gets enough publicity by messing with legends”.
Modi re-tweeted from @smitor: “A quick way up the ladder in BCCI, is to publicly defame @LalitKModi and everyone he knows, don't believe me, ask @sanjay_dixit. Dixit tweeted back, “@LalitKModi Bloody fugitive. Come back to India and I will give you your just desserts”.
Meanwhile, dissatisfied bythe disciplinary action taken by the Royals, the RCA is filing a criminal complaint against Warne.