Thursday 21 November, 2019

Dinesh Karthik apologises to BCCI after appearing at 2019 CPL

Dinesh Karthik has apologised to the BCCI for an unsanctioned appearance at the CPL 2019.

Dinesh Karthik has apologised to the BCCI for an unsanctioned appearance at the CPL 2019.

Dinesh Karthik has issued an unconditional apology to the Indian Cricket Board after he was seen in the Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room at the opening match of the 2019 Caribbean Premier League.

Players under contract with the BCCI are not allowed to participate or be present at any other sporting events without prior permission from the board.

The BCCI issued a notice to Karthik on Friday, giving him a week to respond, with a three-person Committee of Administration set to adjudicate on his response to the notice.

Karthik wrote to the BCCI apologising for “not seeking permission from BCCI prior to embarking on his visit”.

The 34-year-old batsman also asked the board to excuse his oversight.

Karthik explained that his appearance in Trinidad was at the invitation of Trinbago Knight Riders' head coach, Brendon McCullum, who is also the head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

“He (McCullum) felt that it'll be useful for me as a captain of KKR, to come for some discussions with him in regard to KKR,” Karthik explained.

He added, “During the first TKR game on September 4, he had invited me to watch the game from (the) dressing room, which I did and also wore (a) TKR jersey. I wish to tender my unconditional apology for not seeking permission from BCCI prior to embarking on his visit.”

Karthik also told the BCCI that he “will not be seated in the TKR dressing room for the remaining matches” during his stay in Trinidad.

Karthik last played for India at the 2019 World Cup, and has been appointed captain of Tamil Nadu for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which begins on September 24.

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