Calcutta: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has chosen not to comment on the allegation in a section of Australia’s media that some members of the Ashes-winning squad urinated on the square at The Oval.
That was conveyed to The Telegraph through an SMS from the ECB’s head of communications, Andrew Walpole, around 9.30 pm on Monday.
The allegation is, to put it mildly, nauseating.
While the ECB’s silence has baffled many, a non-playing member of the England squad had a different take.
“The allegation is laughable... Why should the ECB say anything on a non-issue? Has anybody got evidence of our players urinating? No...
“But, yes, the players and support staff sat around the square and had drinks... After that, all headed to the team hotel’s presidential suite for a private party, where family members were present,” the gentleman told this Reporter.
According to the non-playing member of the England squad, the ECB hadn’t conducted even an informal inquiry. “As far as I know, neither Kevin Pietersen nor James Anderson nor Stuart Broad have been asked anything... Look, as I’ve said, there’s nothing to inquire into.”
Fair enough, but the ECB could have put that on record, rubbishing the allegation in the strongest manner possible.