Kambli denies making comments on BCCI, Sachin
Former cricket player Vinod Kambli today denied levelling charges of racial discrimination against the BCCI or having said anything for Sachin Tendulkar on a television show. Earlier, the BCCI had dismissed his reported allegation as baseless.cricket Updated: Jul 15, 2009 02:19 IST
Former cricket player Vinod Kambli on Tuesday denied levelling charges of racial discrimination against the BCCI or having said anything for Sachin Tendulkar on a television show.
Clarifying to the mediapersons he said, "I can never say anything like this. I can not even think about saying anything against Sachin. People cannot fathom our friendship. The reports about my comments on Sachin are totally baseless."
"We are friends since childhood. Whenever he was in trouble I was there for him. Whatever was published was without my permission. My family and Sachin's family have felt bad about this. I have not said anything against BCCI as well. I have played for India for 18 years. I can't even dream of speaking against BCCI," said Kambli.
Earlier, BCCI dismissed as “baseless” former Indian player Vinod Kambli’s charge that he was a victim of racial discrimination on selection matters.
Kambli, a failed cricketer who began with much promise but fizzled out after innumerable comebacks, is reported to have made these allegations against the BCCI in a TV reality show where he also spoke against his childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar for not helping him enough.
“It is completely a baseless and uncalled for charge. BCCI does not believe in getting into all this. In fact, BCCI is one body which is fighting against racism at the international level,” BCCI’s Finance and Media Committee Chairman Rajiv Shukla said.
Shukla said also selectors always took performance-based decisions while choosing the national team.
“It was purely performance-based decision. Selectors take only performance-based decisions and the same yardstick was used for Kambli,” he said.
On Kambli’s remarks on Tendulkar, Shukla defended the batting maestro, saying he always helped his teammates.
"Tendulkar is one man who has always been helping all the players, even the juniors. This charge cannot be subscribed against Tendulkar,“ Shukla added.
In the TV reality show, the 37-year-old Kambli is reported to have said that Tendulkar did not help him when he was on decline. “We are very close... We were very close. He could have done a little more, but he didn’t,” Kambli is quoted as saying by a newspaper.