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BCCI rubbishes report that Tendulkar miffed about IPL offer

cricket Updated: Sep 19, 2007 23:17 IST
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The Cricket Board on Wednesday rubbished a media report claiming Sachin Tendulkar spurned captaincy protesting BCCI allegedly paying more money to foreign players who are being roped in for the Indian Premier League (IPCL).

A vernacular channel claimed that Tendulkar was miffed with the BCCI, as was Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, for allegedly offering more money to foreigners, while the Indian players were offered less.

BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, however, dismissed the claims, which he described as "malicious and absolutely false".
"The story is aimed at embarrassing our senior cricketers and in fact, Sachin Tendulkar called me up to issue a clarification to the effect that he has not spoken to any journalist on the issue and his name is being tarnished," Shah said in a statement.

Shah asserted the senior players had offered full support for the Board-backed Twenty20 league. "Our President, Sharad Pawar met the team in England and briefed them about IPL and later Lalit Modi also met the players and explained to them the format and it was then that the top four players were invited to the launch and all of them came and supported BCCI's initiative to start the IPL which will benefit Indian cricketers at large," he said.