Paying to play? The Indian bribery scandal November 24, 2003

'I support Kale completely' - Kapil Dev

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Kapil Dev: coming out strongly in favour of Kale

Kapil Dev and Arun Lal have voiced their displeasure over the manner in which the Indian board has dealt with Abhijit Kale in the bribery scandal. Kale has been suspended pending an investigation for allegedly offering money to two selectors for a place in the Indian team.

Kapil said: "If he is not proven guilty, I wonder how the BCCI will compensate him." The BCCI has ordered a probe into the cash-to-play scandal and will meet in an emergency session in New Delhi on Sunday to discuss the case.

Kapil questioned the decision to ban Kale from playing before the investigation was complete. He added, "I feel for the young man. I've been through all this and support Kale completely."

Arun Lal, now secretary of the Indian Cricket Players Association, hoped that Kale would get adequate legal support.

Lal said,"He is an integral part of Indian cricket and therefore it's only fair the BCCI appoint a lawyer for the accused as well."