Adelaide, Nov. 22 (AFP): Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said Saturday there must be some basis to allegations that Abhijit Kale offered bribes to selectors to get picked for the Indian team.
BCCI ordered an investigation into the allegations on Friday and suspended Kale as long as the investigations are on.
“When I got to know the story yesterday I found it a little hard to believe that somebody would pay so much money just to be a part of the Indian side,” Sourav said on the team’s arrival here.
“Abhijit’s a consistent performer in first-class cricket, he has scored loads of runs, so I was a little surprised when I heard the story. But now I have heard ... That he has been banned by the BCCI, so there must be some truth to this story. If it is true it’s pretty shameful.”
Sourav said he had no first-hand knowledge about the incident and had only heard about it in the media.
John Wright said he doubted the controversy would affect their performance in Australia. “That story has developed since we left the country and it will run its course.”