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BCCI seeks action against late comers

The Indian cricket board has decided to issue show-cause notices to all those who reported late for the team?s departure for Zimbabwe.
PTI | By C Shekhar Luthra, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2005 03:15 PM IST

The careless attitude of some Indian cricketers on the eve of the team’s departure for Zimbabwe on Monday night has invited a stern action from the Cricket Board. After receiving the initial reports from the team management, the Board has now made up its mind to issue show-cause notices to the concerned players.

“Strict action would be initiated against those players who reported late on Monday," Board secretary SK Nair said on Wednesday. It was also reported that even team coach Greg Chappell had expressed his displeasure over the casual approach of some senior players.

"We've asked the team manager (Amitabh Chaudhary) to submit his report at the earliest. Based on his report, we are going to issue show-cause letters to the concerned players," added Nair. When asked which players were under the BCCI scanner, Nair refused to reveal the names, saying: “Let the team manager file his report then only we would come to a conclusion."

As per the Board's instructions to the players, they were scheduled to check into the hotel near the airport's international terminal before mid-day (Monday), but at least three players -- skipper Sourav Ganguly, Mohd Kaif and Harbhajan Singh -- checked in well past the deadline. Even the pre-departure media briefing of the team had to be postponed due to their late arrival.

“This is something, which can't be tolerated. We are seriously thinking on how to set this right," added Nair. "It's also important to know their side of the story and the exact circumstances and details which led to delay," he said.

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