Defiant BCCI declines to comment on Haroon Lorgat's criticism

ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat had earlier criticised the Indian team for not attending the ICC Awards Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Sep 14, 2011

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refused to comment on ICC CEO, Haroon Lorgat s criticism of the Indian team for not attending the ICC Awards on Monday.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the BCCI, Ratnakar Shetty was quoted in TOI as saying, “Lorgat can say whatever he wants to. We don’t want to comment on it.”

BCCI secretary and president-elect N Srinivasan also avoided commenting on the issue.

“The board has nothing to say on this, “Srinivasan was quoted in TOI.

Earlier India team manager, Shivlal Yadav had said that the team had received the invitations late, and by then the players had already made plans for the day. Lorgat had later declined the claim. Lorgat had said, “It was quite disappointing that the Indian team did not attend. I know for a fact that my team had invited it a few months earlier. We probably have confirmation of their attendance. In fact, the date was scheduled around their availability in London,”

“We sent the invitations through the BCCI. Perhaps the question should be asked to the BCCI,” he added.

Interestingly, Sharad Pawar, the former BCCI president and current President of the ICC gave away the Garfield Sobers award for the Cricketer of the year to England’s Jonathan Trott.

Earlier BCCI vice-president, Rajiv Shukla mentioned that it was the choice of the Indian players to attend the function or not. He said, “I thought those who have been nominated would be attending the function. It is the prerogative of the players whether to attend the function or not.”

Apart from Dhoni, who won the Spirit of cricket award, India had nominations in the form of Sachin Tendulkar (Test Player of the Year) and Gautam Gambhir (ODI Player of the Year).

The ICC CEO also said it was disappointing to see Indian team missing the awards, considering its popularity and respect it earned after winning the World Cup.

” In fact, I feel more saddened because of the number of people. Almost everybody in attendance last night was disappointed that India was not represented,” Lorgat said.

“It’s a great shame. It’s very disappointing that not long ago they were the No. 1 Test team in the World. They won the World Cup in such style. And many fans and people had come specifically to see them.

“The Spirit of Cricket Award went to MS Dhoni for the wonderful leadership he showed by recalling Ian Bell. It was a deserving award and quite a shame that he was not there to accept it,” the ICC CEO added.