Bangalore: Anil Kumble declined to comment on Ricky Ponting’s observation regarding Sachin Tendulkar’s role in the ‘Monkeygate’ scandal, saying people should wait for his book to know his version of the incident.
In his memoirs — titled ‘The Close of Play’ — Ponting said he didn’t understand why Sachin vouched for Harbhajan Singh during the hearing, but did not say anything when match referee Mike Procter initially suspended the spinner for allegedly passing racial comments at all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
“Lot of things have been said since then. It’s five years since that incident had happened (in Sydney).
“I don’t want to comment on that now. It’s important to move on. All of us have moved on. If you really want to know what happened, you have to wait for my book,” Kumble, who was the India Test captain during that series, said on Friday.
Australian cricketers and administrators over the years have taken a swipe at their Indian counterparts in their autobiographies.
Previously, Mathew Hayden had taken a dig at former captain Sourav Ganguly for reportedly backing out of a Test match in Nagpur when the hosts were forced to play on a green top.
Hayden had sarcastically termed Ganguly’s backing out as “suffering from green trackitis.”Adam Gilchrist, in his book, had also termed Sachin’s evidence in the Monkeygate scandal a “joke” and had claimed that there were differences in his testimony.