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ICC tells SRK to keep off; Khan unfazed

ICC officials pass stricture asking Kolkata IPL team owner Shah Rukh Khan not to enter the team dressing room, Diganta Guha and Ritujaay Ghosh report.

cricket Updated: May 19, 2008 11:42 IST

The Kolkata IPL team's performance may have hurt Shah Rukh Khan, but what is more embarrassing for the owner is the stricture passed by the ICC officials asking him not to enter the team dressing room.

As per the ICC code of conduct, only the players and the technical officials can be on the ground or in the dressing room. But Shah Rukh has been mixing with the boys on the ground quite regularly. The ICC allowed him to be on the ground for the match on Sunday but had requested him not to be with the team on the ground during the course of the match.

Reacting to this, Khan said, "ICC thought that I was not abiding by their code of conduct. They probably believed I was mixing too much with the boys. So they asked me not to go to the dressing room," adding, "but they are my boys and I'll always go and meet them. No one can stop me from meeting my boys. Neither the ICC nor the CBI."

It was not clear whether Shah Rukh would henceforth abide by the ICC code of conduct by not coming to the dressing room.

When asked about the rumours doing rounds that the team might lodge a complaint with the IPL committee against umpire Asad Rauf's decision to call a legitimate L. Balaji delivery a dead ball, he said, "I'm not a technical person. I don't know what the technical committee of the team is going to do. I leave it to them."

HT found out from sources that the Kolkata IPL team officials might not take up the issue. "I don't want to look back. I don't want to punter over what could have happened, what could have been done. The net result is we have lost the match," says Shah Rukh. Despite his team's poor show in the tournament, Shah Rukh said that his team has been the most profitable and successful brand amongst all the IPL teams. "I would like to thank the people of Kolkata for making this possible and we have actually earned twice the amount we have invested."